Indigenous Peoples of Amazon Need Covid-19 Information

With the aim of spreading and strengthening the minimum information needed on Covid-19 among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, a team of bilingual interpreters, communicators, and educators have released an animated micro-series on the impacts of the virus in communities, reported Fides News Agency.

Given the spread of the pandemic in the Amazon, indigenous specialists and organizations have warned the world of possible ethnocide among indigenous peoples because of their extremely vulnerable conditions.

Even the Amazonian leaders themselves have denounced the governments of various countries for their inaction in the face of the Covid-19 threat, stating that in the midst of the health crisis they have no health personnel or medical institutions in their communities.

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Sisters Serving in Burkina Faso During Pandemic

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is supporting a dozen congregations of sisters working in all sectors of parish pastoral work in Burkina Faso: catechesis, spiritual formation, accompaniment of religious groups, formation on the integral human promotion of children and women and visiting the sick at home or in hospitals.

ACN has received many testimonies from sisters who are working in the health ministry in the diocese of Fada N’Gourma. They explained how do they participate as nuns in the prevention and the

fight against Covid-19:

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Asia’s Bishops Encourage May 14 Prayer Event

“We encourage all the Christian faithful in Asia to live fruitfully, generously and with hope the Day of fasting, prayer and works of charity, scheduled all over the world on May 14, to call for divine intercession to help humanity overcome the coronavirus outbreak. Let us unite as religious leaders and as believers in God all over the world.”:

This is the appeal launched by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, and President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. In the message sent to Fides News Agency explained the Churches of Asia will, therefore, join the “Day of prayer, fasting and works of charity”, called at a universal level by the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity, to ask God to protect humanity from the coronavirus pandemic. The appeal was re-launched by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al Tayyeb.

“The Covid-19 pandemic in the world is now a ‘perfect storm’. It challenges our ways of living, working, and celebrating. It is a time of trial for everyone, especially the unemployed, migrant workers, the poor and groups of marginalized populations”, noted Archbishop Bo.

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Pope Francis to Celebrate Mass on May 18 Centenary of Saint Pope John Paul II

On Monday, 18 May, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the tomb of Pope St. John Paul II for the 100th anniversary of his birth. As of that date, the Pope will no longer live-stream his daily Mass in the Casa Santa Marta.

This was announced on May 12, 2020, in an editorial posted on the Vatican News website. The editorial, by the Vatican’s editorial director, Andrea Tornielli. Following is the editorial.

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