All 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.
Joined 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.
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.
Karen 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
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.
Ours is a world of hope, care and wonder. Here, we bring prayers, reflections and poems from around the world in this time of pandemic, lockdown and for some, worry. These reflections – prayers, really, come from around your world.
Archbishop Makarios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia has UPDATED the earlier guidance to Orthodox Christians in the practice of the faith and attendance at Sunday worship services.
The 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.
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.
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.
The Jewish Community Crisis Task force – Covid-19 – has created a web page with fulsome information and guidance for Jewish Community and religious leaders of Shules, Synagogues, etc. It is an excellent page created across several agencies.
For 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.
The World Council of Churches (WCC), via a specific landing page on its website, is reaching out to the worldwide fellowship with a sense of pastoral care amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Catholic masses in Sydney will be limited to only 100 people, in advice from Archbishop Anthony Fisher. Parishes have been allowed to offer additional celebrations in order that the faithful may attend worship.
Several Hindu Temples in India are offering daily live darshan and avoid travelling during coronavirus and have darshan from home. Majority of the temples have live webcasting during the arati period and important puja periods. Here is a list of temples and links to the live darshan. Notices are also given for darshan with Mother Meera in Germany, and a notice from the Mata Amritanandamayi Math is also given.
Quakers Australia are posting here ongoing updates on decisions and resources to support Friends and their local meetings in caring for one another and their neighbours during this health crisis.
Dr Robert Svoboda, well-known speaker and author, Ayurvedic practitioner and guide to Hinduism, writes about the Mind and keeping calm in this time of “catching” emotions and thoughts from others. In this climate of uncertainty however many people are freaking out, and acting in ways that will ultimately benefit neither them nor their loved ones, in particular buying up everything they can.