Prelates urge Catholics to “collaborate loyally” with authorities, “strictly observe” anti-pandemic measures: “This civic sense is essential to show our solidarity”
COMECE Working Group on Ethics calls on EU, member states to ensure “affordability, sustainability and security” of medical and pharmaceutical supplies
The Spanish bishops have expressed their “profound sorrow” over the “unjust abandonment” of thousands of elderly people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the Angelus Sunday, Pope Francis warned that “the Lord will hold us to account for all of the migrants who have fallen on their journey of Hope”, as “victims of the throwaway culture”.
In most of the Western media, the focus on the COVID-19 attack has concerned government policies, their character, efficacy, and extent—as well as their economic cost.
Pope Francis on Sunday invited young people around the world to perform “gestures of tenderness” toward the elderly, as many are forced into isolation to observe Covid-19 health guidelines.
At the Angelus today on the memorial of Jesus’ “grandparents”, Saints Joachim and Anne, Pope Francis urged young people to perform gestures of tenderness towards the elderly, “especially the loneliest”, with the “inventiveness of love”.
It is not surprising that social services and assistance projects of all sorts pop up at the beginning of summer in Italy in an effort to accompany the many elderly people left alone in the cities during the hot months of July and August when families go on holiday and support systems close.
In his Angelus today after his Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis denounced the “solitude of the elderly”, treated as “discarded material”, as a “tragedy of our times”, and urged that the life of children and grandchildren be given “as a gift” to older people.
They were beaten and abused. But now, the Pope assures them, “I pray for you”. The pontiff has sent his blessing to the 11 elderly people of the ‘Bell’Aurora’ nursing home in Palermo, Italy, closed by order of the Public Prosecutor’s Office after the discovery of multiple abuses there in April.
A Vatican archbishop has called for an overhaul of healthcare systems post-COVID-19, saying medical treatment “should not be reserved only for a lucky few”.
On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Pope Francis also has added his voice to the many asking to #saveourelderly.
The Irish Bishops have called for an inquiry into the “distressing” rate of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, saying that “lessons must be learned” from failures in the pandemic on how to build a “culture of life and care” for all.
For World Communications Day today, Irish Primate Eamon Martin has said that hopes 2020 will be remembered as “the year we learned to appreciate each other more”.
The Catholic Community of Sant’Egidio has launched an urgent appeal to safeguard the lives of the elderly in the COVID-19 pandemic, urging that “the generation that fought against dictatorships, struggled for reconstruction after the war and built Europe cannot be left to die”.
The worst of COVID-19 might be over, but some German bishops are still remaining cautious about returning hastily to public Masses.
The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union has denounced that hospitals “were forced to give priority to younger patients over older ones” during the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sweden’s cardinal has questioned the government’s refusal to implement a strict coronavirus lockdown.
Sant’Egidio founder denounces “massacre” of elderly in nursing homes: “Institutionalisation cannot be the norm”.
“The virus of individualism and loneliness radically weakened society before COVID-19”, the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life has denounced.
A Vatican cardinal has denounced that COVID-19 is exposing the “vulnerability and fragility” of the elderly people living in nursing homes.
The founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio has called for the regularisation of ‘illegal’ migrants in the domestic services sector in the context of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is killing so many older people. Too many. The situation in Care-Homes is particularly concerning.
Andrea Riccardi, the Italian founder of the Church group Community of Sant’Egidio, has called for the immediate regularisation of the hundreds of thousands of ‘illegal’ immigrants in the country.
Pope Francis’s intention for Wednesday’s Santa Marta Mass was for the elderly, especially those who are isolated or in nursing homes.
The Apostolic Almoner has written to Vatican cardinals inviting them to an act of solidarity during Holy Week.
Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said that as a general public Ireland will need to continue to up its game in a collective fight to limit the potentially dreadful impact that COVID-19 can have on the nation.