Perhaps one of the graces of a “Covid-Christmas” may be a more serene and deeper contemplation of Christ who is, in the Holy Father’s words, 'Misericordiae Vultus', that is, “the Face of the Father’s Mercy”, writes Fr Donncha Ó hAodha in the current issue of 'Position Papers'.
A few months ago my friend Mutheu and I were having a discussion about how much we were missing the good old days when we could go to Mass and confession with ease. With the Covid-19 pandemic, things had changed drastically and neither of us had ever imagined that a time would come when the very places we sought solace and spiritual strength from would now be listed as out of bounds for gatherings until further notice.
Thanks to the generosity of many people and organizations, since June 1 the Austral Solidarity Covid Hospital has been caring for gravely ill coronavirus patients without health insurance.
In the current climate of COVID-19, and in compliance with health and safety directives by the Ministries of Health in some of the East African countries, the spiritual retreats in Opus Dei retreat houses or conference centres in East Africa are suspended until further notice.
Ella, a recent graduate, shares her experience in assisting the needy in Benin City. Despite being in Calabar, she was able to work remotely in organizing a team of volunteers in Benin to provide palliatives and health and safety measures to some indigent people in Benin City.
Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz took part in the second edition of “Harambee Covid-19 Conversations,” a series of discussions among health care professionals from Africa, Europe and Latin America.