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Coronavirus can help us remember what it means to be a good neighbour

By Sr Jo Brady AS we face a pandemic in Australia not seen since the Spanish flu a century ago when 15,000 people died, we are being confronted by distasteful images of panic buying in supermarkets. The managers assure us there is sufficient food and essentials yet because of the panic buying we see our most vulnerable people without the ... Read More »

Australian bishops seeking to calm coronavirus alarmism

PARISHES and dioceses taking precautions like refusing to offer Holy Communion from the chalice to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in China were not called to do so. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued a statement that said they had “not called for the suspension of any practices at Mass in response to novel coronavirus that appeared in China and ... Read More »

Chinese Catholic in Wuhan says epicentre of novel coronavirus marked by a ‘weird quiet’

THE streets are empty, people stay indoors and a “horrifying silence” has gripped Wuhan, at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. The central Chinese city of 11 million people has been under quarantine lockdown since January 23, with no transport links in or out, and residents facing food queues and shortages of essential supplies including face masks.  Across China, nearly ... Read More »

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