During the pandemic many people find themselves living a life that has much in common with the life of monks and nuns; as one person put it, “now we’ve been forced into a monastic corner”. So it’s good to see how monasteries are continuing to offer their insights online during this stressful time. Please visit the websites of the communities listed here and draw encouragement from their prayer and their wisdom.
May the Lord’s grace and peace be with you and your loved ones,
Christopher Jamison OSB
Vatican COVID-19 Commission
“Embracing the Lord in order to embrace hope: that is the strength of faith, which frees us from fear and gives us hope” Francis, Extraordinary Moment of prayer, 27 March 2020
On 20 March 2020, Pope Francis asked the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) to create a Commission, in collaboration with other Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, to express the Church’s solicitude and care for the whole human family facing the COVID-19 pandemic, including analysis, reflection on the new socio-economic-cultural future, and the proposal of relevant approaches.
Accordingly, DPIHD has established a Vatican COVID-19 Commission to take up the Pope’s concern through the activities of five Working Groups.
The activities of these five working groups, which were presented to the Holy Father on 27 March 2020, will be coordinated by a Directorate reporting directly to the Holy Father. It will include the DPIHD's Prefect, Cardinal Peter Turkson; Secretary, Mons. Bruno-Marie Duffé; and Adjunct Secretary, Fr. Augusto Zampini.
Latest guidelines from the Government on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
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