In the midst of this crisis in which we live, we want to share with you some good weekly news, news of hope, important or simple acts and gestures that unite us as a community of men and women of faith-driven by the force of hope.
Cardinal Piat: Listening to the cry of the Earth, changing the way we act
With a heart full of gratitude for the closeness expressed by the Pope during Sunday’s Angelus, Cardinal Maurice Piat recounts the effects of the disaster caused by the spill of tons of crude oil into the sea south of the island of Mauritius. And he makes an appeal for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
Vatican confirms World Mission Day 2020 will be observed on Oct. 18
The Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has cleared doubts about the postponement of the annual Church observance.
Can Kindness Be Bigger Than My Face Mask?
Rev. Bonnie Rose chronicles the trials and tribulations of connecting with strangers while physically distancing and wearing a face mask. “I choose to let kindness be bigger than my mask,” she writes, and offers poignant highlights from 50 spontaneous conversations with strangers and essential workers. “There’s Damien in Starbucks — Damien who asks me ‘how can I help you?'” she writes. “Once, about a year ago, I gave my order and then asked, ‘How can I help YOU?’ He laughed and then got serious. He said, ‘I’m studying to be a paramedic and exams are coming up. I just want someone to believe in me.'”
A ‘public health triumph’: Africa declared free of wild polio
The WHO confirmed yesterday that the continent has defeated the virus, following a vaccination programme first launched by Nelson Mandela.
The WHO has confirmed that Africa has defeated wild polio after the virus was finally eliminated in Nigeria. The Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC), a task group appointed by the WHO to eradicate the disease, certified the continent free of wild polio yesterday four years after the last recorded case.
‘A catalyst for a kinder world’: one city’s mission to spread altruism
Leeds will launch its first Festival of Kindness next weekend with organizers seeking to foster greater unity after years of division.
It was 2018. Brexit was looming, austerity biting and the culture wars raging when a group of people living around the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in Leeds got together to answer a simple question: how can we foster more kindness in the community?