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Pope sets up new commission to study women deacons

Pope Francis has established a new ‘Study Commission on the Female Diaconate’ as a follow-up to a previous group that studied the history of women deacons in the New Testament and the early Christian communities. Cardinal Giuseppe Petrocchi of Aquila will serve as...

Pandemic is prime time for conversion, pope says

The Covid-19 quarantines, lockdowns and stay-at-home orders are the perfect opportunity for conversion: for individuals, for the Church and for governments, Pope Francis said in an interview. "What we are living now is a place of 'metanoia' (conversion), and we have...

On the cross, God’s loving nature is revealed, pope says

Jesus chose to reveal his divine majesty not through miracles or wondrous deeds but on the cross where God's love for humanity was manifested, Pope Francis said. Throughout his ministry, Christ walked away when people wish to proclaim him king and silenced demons he...

Pope prays for ‘change of heart’ of people profiting off pandemic

Pope Francis put the spotlight on people profiteering during the pandemic and taking advantage of people in need. Some people are making a business off of people in need, "profiting from the needs of others," such as "mafiosi, loan sharks and many others," he said...

India exemplifies problems facing Southeast Asia as Covid-19 spreads

South and Southeast Asia have a combined population of over 2 billion people, and India could be an example of the whole region at large.

Like India, many countries are characterised by huge cities containing neighbourhoods that contain millions of people living close together in often highly unhygienic conditions. Even the most basic protocols for warding off Covid-19, such as hand-washing and social distancing, are all but impossible to practice.

“India is a hugely populous country. The future of this pandemic will be determined by what happens to densely populated countries. It’s important that India takes aggressive action at the public health level and at the level of society to control and suppress this disease,” said Mike Ryan, World Health Organisation emergencies program director.

In India, the world’s second-most populous nation, churches across the country finally closed their doors on 23rd March, more than a week after the Vatican decided to have Holy Week services behind closed doors.

On 24th March, the Indian government ordered people not to leave their houses for three weeks.

Yet already, many have chosen to ignore government directives, underscoring the task Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ahead of him. Assuming the World Health Organisation’s 3.4 per cent fatality rate compared to confirmed infections, India could have almost a million confirmed cases by the end of May, with more than 30,000 deaths. Some estimates are as much as double those numbers.

Picture: A priest celebrates Mass for a live telecast in an empty church during the coronavirus pandemic in Mumbai, India, on 21st March 2020. (CNS photo/Francis Mascarenhas, Reuters).

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Pope sets up new commission to study women deacons

Pope Francis has established a new ‘Study Commission on the Female Diaconate’ as a follow-up to a previous group that studied the history of women deacons in the New Testament and the early Christian communities. Cardinal Giuseppe Petrocchi of Aquila will serve as...

Pandemic is prime time for conversion, pope says

The Covid-19 quarantines, lockdowns and stay-at-home orders are the perfect opportunity for conversion: for individuals, for the Church and for governments, Pope Francis said in an interview. "What we are living now is a place of 'metanoia' (conversion), and we have...

On the cross, God’s loving nature is revealed, pope says

Jesus chose to reveal his divine majesty not through miracles or wondrous deeds but on the cross where God's love for humanity was manifested, Pope Francis said. Throughout his ministry, Christ walked away when people wish to proclaim him king and silenced demons he...

Pope prays for ‘change of heart’ of people profiting off pandemic

Pope Francis put the spotlight on people profiteering during the pandemic and taking advantage of people in need. Some people are making a business off of people in need, "profiting from the needs of others," such as "mafiosi, loan sharks and many others," he said...