At 12 noon next Sunday, bells will ring followed by a prayer in Mavelikara cathedral (Kerala). The Orthodox Church, the Church of Mar Thomas, the Church of South India, the Salvation Army and Syro-Malankara Church will participate. The service will be broadcast live on TV.
About 60 per cent of trees have been uprooted; hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed. There is no electricity, water, food, sanitation. Roads are cut off. Many churches and convents have been affected. Caritas is working with the army in the relief and reconstruction efforts.
“My faith in Jesus has strengthened me. COVID-19 is like a war. Patients are suffering, the elderly are suffering. As nurses, we are called to alleviate the sufferings of the sick, [and] serve them kindly.”
The young girl covered about 100 km per day, reaching her village in 10 days. The man was left without a job due to an accident. The Cycling Federation has invited Jyoti to a selection for its own academy. The drama of many Indians who wander the country after losing their job due to the lockdown.
Workers forced to work up to 12 hours a day without overtime. Union meetings and collective bargaining have been suspended. Workers no longer can turn to labour courts. In April, 122 million jobs were lost because of the coronavirus.
A municipal ordinance initially required cremation, but a State Minorities Minister opposed it. Coronavirus victims can now be buried but in big cemeteries. Card Gracias advises the faithful to cremate their dead.
Rain and winds at 165 km / h brought down trees, light poles, traffic lights and houses. Several areas are flooded, communications nonexistent. Damage to the John Vianney seminar. So far there are 15 dead.
In Bangladesh, where the coming storm is expected to be the most powerful storm since Cyclone Sidr killed some 3,500 people in 2007, about two million people have already been evacuated and 12,078 cyclone centres set up. In India, where West Bengal is expected to be the most affected, police said many people are unwilling to go to shelters fearing contracting COVID-19.
The Missionaries of Charity, with a truck and an ambulance, tour several slums in the metropolis. Gift packages containing rice, sugar, wheat flour, dried legumes, lentils. Recipients are poor, unemployed and migrants affected by the lockdown. Cyclone Amphan is coming, with winds at 185 km / h. Millions of people evacuated to India and Bangladesh.
Mgr Jacob Muricken, auxiliary bishop of Palai, has decided to spend his life “in prayer, meditation, Bible studies and writing”. His decision “is not hating the world, but teaching men to look at the world in the right way, fixing our eyes only on God.”
Prayers are held in Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Maharashtra. In addition to prayers, acts of charity were performed for the marginalised and the homeless.
A hundred widows in Raikia, Kandhamal (Odisha) received gift parcels with rice, potatoes, onions, sugar, biscuits, a litre of oil, five pieces of soap, and surgical masks. Due to the lockdown, hundreds of millions have lost their jobs and livelihood.
The cardinal wrote to the representatives of other religions in the country, as well as to his fellow bishops, inviting them to take part in a Day of prayer, fasting and works of charity. For Ram Puniyani, a well-known activist and president of the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, the “call for a World Day of Prayer can be an occasion to commit ourselves to rational thinking in eradicating the pandemic.”
China will gain more leeway with its "soft power", but the United States will not lose its place as a world power. Oil prices have jeopardised Russia’s and Saudi Arabia's projects. The Islamic State group will boost its influence only in like Syria and Iraq. Prof Ouhab-Alathamneh Nassima (PhD) teaches economics at Paris-Nanterre University, specialising in geopolitics and energy geo-economics.
The archbishop of Bombay speaks about the tragedy of migrant workers killed by a train, as they slept exhausted on the tracks. Hundreds of millions of jobless day labourers are without wages, food or shelter. Better government planning and coordination are needed. The Archdiocesan Centre for Social Action is involved in relief work.