Coronavirus: praying and caring for each other

by Bishop Jose Luis
Earlier last week I sent a newsletter to the diocese announcing some measures to be taken in every parish regarding the “coronavirus”. We are not aware of any positive case in our diocese (which covers the whole of the Kingdom of Eswatini) but I believe it is a good opportunity to be pro-active and in communion with all the affected countries. When we are in trouble, we wish the world would remember us. Now it is our opportunity to feel with and for the world.
In the diocesan newsletter I basically indicated three things to be done during the celebration of the Mass:
  • we would not have the peace greeting
  • communion would be given only on the hand
  • we would say a prayer at every Mass for those that are sick, those who care for the sick and those working towards finding a cure

On Sunday I watched Pope Francis delivered the Angelus from the Papal Library from the very first time since he became the bishop of Rome nearly seven years’ ago. From Monday I believe his daily Masses can be followed via streaming as no people are present. I find all this a very good message to the world as Pope Francis prays and at the same time makes sure people are protected. 

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