Coronavirus

Refugee immigration status acts as a barrier to vital support during COVID-19; support which JRS UK is working to provide, explains policy officer Sophie Cartwright.It feels as though the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the world. These times are challenging and worrying for all of us. And in common with many difficulties, the COVID-19 crisis poses disproportionate risks to those who are already vulnerable. The pandemic poses new risks for JRS UK’s refugee friends, and other people in similar...
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(Photo shared via Creative Commons) In a major interview published by The Tablet and Commonweal in the middle of Holy Week, Pope Francis shares with his British biographer spiritual wisdom about the meaning of the coronavirus pandemic. Austen Ivereigh reveals exclusively to Thinking Faith how the interview – the pope’s first for English-language Catholic publications – came about, and how the pope sees a world in crisis being offered the chance to change. In a lovely blend of old-...
The global headquarters of The Society of Jesus, the General Curia in Rome, has been receiving a huge number of wonderful Jesuit initiatives regarding the COVID-19 crisis. The leader of the Society, Father Arturo Sosa SJ, has asked that a new website be launched to bring these initiatives together in one place, as well as to promote them in multiple languages so that people across the globe can access them more easily.The digital team at the General Curia accepted this challenge and have...
‘You’re not as hot as I am’ would not have been part of any conversation before Covid 19 but each day at St Beuno’s taking our temperatures gives us some indication that the measures we are taking to stay well and healthy are working.We are a community of 17 during this time of lockdown; a community which has been generously enhanced by the presence of two Jesuit novices, Dunstan and Sam, as well as our four Jesuits from other communities. Our last retreatants left on March 16th and since then...
The team at The Church of the Immaculate Conception at Farm Street have set-up a live stream. The daily schedule includes: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 12:30 – 1pm, and Mass at 6pm. You can view both by clicking here. Commenting, Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, said: "Livestreaming from Farm Street Church will be a vital tool for us during the crisis. Our aim is to gather together our scattered community around the eucharist as much as we possibly can. At this time of great anxiety,...
Fr Nick King SJ and two other chaplains (Fr Matthew Power SJ and Alvea Fernandes) are locked down with six resident students at the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy. Here is a blog from Nick about the experience so far.There is a cordon sanitaire between us, meaning that we cannot get across Rose Place to our Jesuit community in Campion Hall. So far, we are surviving reasonably well, though occasionally it is possible to feel the stress getting to us. We have tried to construct a way of...
On Thursday 2nd March the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, will address a global audience of Jesuits online via a webinar.The General will speak for about 15 minutes about how he sees the journey of the Universal Apostolic Preferences so far and the road ahead. For those unfamiliar with the UAPs (as they are commonly referred to among Jesuits), these are:Showing the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment.Walking with the poor, the outcasts of the...
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Ignatius of Loyola believed that love ought to express itself in deeds rather than words, but what do those deeds look like when we are asked to separate ourselves from one another? Tim McEvoy asks us to consider human limitation and divine possibility during a time when we are all called to enter into our own ‘passion’. What does ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ look like in a lockdown scenario? This is a question that has been with me in recent days and that continues to challenge. In...
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The rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry on 29 March 2020 will happen in circumstances that could not have been envisaged when the act was first proposed some two and a half years ago – Before Corona. However, if it calls us to re-imagine and better understand gratitude and our desire for communion, particularly in light of a pandemic that is keeping us apart, then it can be an unexpected gift, writes Michael Kirwan SJ. There is a lovely mistake on the Crux website concerning the...
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Adjusting to life without their usual access to the sacraments is a huge challenge for many Catholics. Perhaps we can use this moment in the life of the Church to ask ourselves how the sacrament of reconciliation in particular can and does permeate our everyday lives, says Gemma Simmonds CJ. ‘The definition of a sacrament is that it is a sign which makes real what it signifies. What is made real by the signs of forgiveness that we offer one another in the ordinary unfolding of our daily lives...

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