What Catholic business ethics brings to the coronavirus crisis

Denver Newsroom, May 7, 2020 / 08:19 pm (CNA).- A Christian ethic of service and solidarity must be an important feature of the business response to the coronavirus epidemic and its economic impact, Catholic business educators have said.

For Karel Sovak, associate professor in the University of Mary’s Gary Tharaldson School of Business, two of the biggest skills that business can bring to recovery efforts are self-awareness and empathy.

“A business needs to help the community identify who they are, which may have been lost during this time of stay at home,” he told CNA. “Businesses need to help communities focus on what makes it viable in the first place, which are the people. Business can be used as a force for good only if they understand what that ‘good’ means. Being aware of those strengths can help transform a community as they seek to overcome any devastating tragedy, natural or otherwise.”

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ACN Responds to COVID-19 in Cuba

The reality of life in Cuba, given the widespread poverty (the lack of food and medicines, of properly paid work, lack of professionally skilled staff in education, lack of medical care and hospital assistance, the need for more and better resources etc.), adds to the disillusionment and despair among many and makes the social and pastoral mission of the Church so important. The sisters in this context do their best to care for the sick and the most vulnerable elderly people, as far as their means allow; they also tend to and listen to the cares of many on a daily basis and pray with people and teach them about God. They bring comfort and a spirit of Christian hope and to challenge the sense of loneliness and despair among so many vulnerable Cubans. The Hermanas Sociales Congregation, founded in Hungary in 1923, has been active in Cuba since 1951. The congregation maintains 5 houses in the three archdioceses of La Habana, Camagüey, and Santiago de Cuba. The 19 sisters fulfill various humanitarian and pastoral tasks. This includes the care of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy in El Cobre.

Facing the Covid 19, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) received the testimony of Sr Berglis Marín Glean, Cuban District Moderator of the Social Sisters:

“Today facing this pandemic which leaves behind so much pain, we feel strongly committed to our people. Responsibly accepting the health and country guidelines of ‘Stay at Home’ for the good of all, we seek the means to continue as a Church and as a Community close to the most vulnerable and those who suffer. For several years, in our pastoral work, the care of the elderly alone and the homeless has been a priority. Because of the restrictions, this disease places on us, the sisters who work in this field are looking for ways not to leave this segment of the population that is so desperately in need of our help right now. For this, some sisters bring food to their homes, others go to the parish where they have created the conditions so that people who have no house can go to bathe, change their clothes, and take food.

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Coronavirus: Kazakh Church Relies on Mary to Overcome Crisis

Protection for the Kazakh people, for all those affected by Covid-19 and for health personnel engaged in the fight against the virus: this is what the Catholic faithful of Kazakhstan ask for by addressing and entrusting themselves to the Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace and patroness of Kazakhstan.

This is what was reported to Agenzia Fides by Monsignor Adelio Dell’Oro, Bishop of Karaganda, where a special Marian prayer vigil was held in the cathedral on May 1: “After the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, I read an introduction to explain the reason for this prayer and the passage of the Gospel in which Jesus, just before dying, entrusts the apostle John to Mary. We recited three mysteries of the Rosary and then there was the act of consecration to the Virgin Mary. We used the text composed 25 years ago by the first bishop of Karaganda, Monsignor Jan Paweł Lenga: it was the years immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union and there was great poverty, so the bishop wanted to entrust the Country to Mary at the National Shrine of Oziornoje. It is a sacred place because in this area, during the Second World War, there were many Polish deportees who had no food and suffered from the cold. They prayed to the Virgin Mary with devotion and when the ice melted, a lake full of fish formed in the area and the deportees managed to overcome hunger”. Today, the Church in Kazakhstan is asking again for that special protection from Our Lady.

At the beginning of May, over 3,500 coronavirus infections and 25 deaths were registered in Kazakhstan. The government has tried to limit the spread of the virus by imposing an internal lockdown and a visa requirement for entry into the Country. Bishop Adelio Dell’Oro notes: “The quarantine here came a month later compared to Italy. Since Palm Sunday there have been no masses open to the people and only a few days ago they gave us permission to celebrate with up to five people in church. However, the faithful have the opportunity to participate from home by following online mass. In these days, however, the government is trying to organize the resumption of some activities”.

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Beatification Processes of St. John Paul II’s Parents Inaugurated

The first session in the processes of beatification and canonization of the Servant of God Emilia Wojtyła née Kaczorowska and the Servant of God Karol Wojtyła, parents of St. John Paul II, took place on 7 May in the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wadowice.

Once the tribunals have been established to examine the sanctity of both candidates for the altars, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, Metropolitan of Cracow, presided over a solemn Holy Mass for the successful course of the process.

The postulator of the canonization processes of Karol and Emilia Wojtyła is Fr. Sławomir Oder, who was also a postulator of the beatification and canonization process of John Paul II.

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