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Pope Francis writes the preface to a new book entitled “Communion and Hope”, and encourages everyone to rediscover solidarity amid the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.
Full article by Devin Watkins in https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-07/pope-francis-book-preface-faith-in-coronavirus.html
In a book preface released on Tuesday, Pope Francis reflected on the lessons Christians have learned from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Communion and Hope” was prepared by Cardinal Walter Kasper and Father George Augustin, and contains theological reflections from various authors about “witnessing the faith in times of coronavirus”.
“Like a sudden breaking storm, the coronavirus crisis has caught us all by surprise, abruptly changing on a global level our personal, public, family and working lives,” he wrote.
Many people, he lamented, have lost loved ones, as well as their jobs and financial stability. In many places, even Easter was celebrated in an unusual and solitary manner, and people were left unable to find solace in the Sacraments.
“This dramatic situation,” wrote Pope Francis, “highlights the vulnerable nature of our human condition, limited as it is by time and contingency.”
The pandemic has also forced us to question the roots of our happiness and to rediscover the treasure of our Christian faith, he added.
“It reminds us that we have forgotten or simply delayed attending to some of the key issues in life. It is making us evaluate what is really important and necessary, and what is of secondary or only superficial importance.”
The Pope called this “a time of trial” which gives us the chance to reorient our lives toward God.
“The crisis,” he said, “has shown us that, especially in times of need, we depend on our solidarity with others. In a new way, it is inviting us to place our lives at the service of others. It should make us aware of global injustice and wake us up to the cry of the poor and of our gravely diseased planet.”
Maryvale Parish Notices
Should you need to contact Fr Tony use the office phone number – 011 640 3154
Beatrice is continuing RCIA classes online. Anyone who would like to join the class should message or phone her on 082 450 4798
We appeal to our parishioners to continue donating to the parish and we suggest that your contributions be paid directly into the Parish Bank Account. The Parish banking details are as follows: Bank – Standard Bank Acc Name – Maryvale Catholic Church Acc Number – 001832670 Branch = 004105
Rosebank Parish are running an online Marriage Preparation course: THE MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE
Venue: In your home via Zoom. Dates: Our next course will commence in July 2020. Run over 6 sessions on Tuesday evenings – 21st, 28th July and 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th August 2020. Time: 7pm to 8:45pm
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https://www.catholicjhb.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AD-News-Aug-2020.pdf for the August 2020 AdNews