Covid-19 Crisis: An Interfaith Statement

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To Australia’s Religious, Political and Civic Leaders and to the People of Australia,

On Friday, March 20th, 2020, senior interfaith leaders from almost all Australian States and Territories met electronically. We decided to share this message with the Australian community.

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Religions for Peace Statements on Covid-19

Response to Coronavirus


Religions for Peace International is a collaborative collective of religious leaders from many faiths – worldwide. Here, we present several statements on COVID-19 and the values that guide all peoples of faith.

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Empty spaces amid coronavirus

Stay Home Billboard, Cape TownAll over the world, places of gathering for the faithful for prayer, devotion, offering and morning puja – are silent and the faithful are urged to stay away during this time of coronavirus. Here, we bring a collection of photographs from Reuters “Photo of the Day” of different places of worship in many different nations. They are empty spaces amid coronavirus.

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Christian leaders pray for end to pandemic

Pray for the WorldJoined by Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant leaders and faithful from around the world, Pope Francis led the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, imploring God’s mercy on humanity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Supporting children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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With recent news and media coverage about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), following on from a difficult bushfire season, it is normal for children and adults to feel overwhelmed and stressed during this time.

This curated selection of resources will assist parents and carers to best to support their children and reduce worry and distress. It contains a video, factsheets and tips about what you can expect and how you can help children cope.

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Karen Armstrong on adjusting to ‘aloneness’

Karen ArmstrongKaren Armstrong is a British author and commentator of Irish Catholic descent known for her books on comparative religion. Here, Karen Armstrong tells Christiane Amanpour about the impact social distancing is having on religious communities around the world. Video, source: CNN

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Australia-wide Jewish Responses to Coronavirus

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Jewish community organisations and leaders across Australia have rallied together to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Jewish institutions, families, individuals and, most especially, the elderly and vulnerable.   The intense work done by the Jewish community roof bodies in each State, the Crisis Management Teams of the Community Security Groups, shules, the Day Schools, the aged care sector, the welfare sector and volunteers, all working in unison, has been nothing short of inspiring.   We are deeply indebted to all of them.  

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Australian Baha’i Community Advice on Coronavirus

tralian Bahai CommunityThe Australian Baha’i Community’s national governing body, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Australia, has been closely following the situation regarding the coronavirus and its implications for Australian society. They have issued advice for the Australian Baha’i Community and shared the activities of the Baha’i Community in Italy where there has been a national lockdown and quarantine in place.

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Ecumenical Patriarchate orders churches to halt services until end-March

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The spiritual head of Orthodox Christians worldwide has ordered churches to halt services and rites until the end of March in response to the spread of the coronavirus, the Ecumenical Patriarchate said.

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Spiritual Health Association – Pastoral Care and Covid-19

Spiritual Health Association The Spiritual Health Association has provided guidance about visits by volunteers or external faith/belief representatives in Hospitals and Hospices, and noted arrangements for sacred spaces in health agencies and hospitals. The the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus is noted, The Victorian Coronavirus response is detailed, the Allied Health Professionals of Australia’s daily advice is linked to and Chaplaincy Innovation Lab Coronavirus response for Chaplains is also advised. An excellent resource page.

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Lourdes Now Closed – Rest of World Follows Suit to Halt Coronavirus Contagion

Lourdes, France: Our Lady of Lourdes, Site of Healing and HopeFor the first time the Shrine at Lourdes (in Southern France) will now be closed to the public. “For the first time in its history, the Shrine will close for some time,” announced the Rector of the Marian Shrine in the French Pyrenees said, as he follows the measures adopted in France to halt the spread of the Coronavirus.

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South Australia – Hope’s Cafe (Interfaith Matters) Cancelled

Following the sad news that meetings should be stalled until we know how to avoid the virus/vaccine is found we cancel the March meeting, which was due at the Baha’i centre. Next Interfaith meet (depending on health advise) is scheduled for 29 April (this time the 5th week in April – not the 4th week as is traditionally the case).

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