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Is the Church changing with Covid-19?

If we do not effect changes based on lessons learned, the world will hurtle towards another crisis

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Is the Church changing with Covid-19?

Parishioners of Bombay Archdiocese distribute food grains to poor people after the Codi-19 lockdown left thousands of families without jobs and income. (Photo supplied)

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At Easter, we find the "empty tomb" but this year we also had empty churches, yet the faith of the People of God is alive and vibrant in online communities of families. The online liturgies have breathed new life into the domestic Church. What a blessing it has been that we have a lived experience of the Paschal Mystery during this Covid-19 lockdown.

Parishes and individuals are reaching out to the poor and migrant workers, stranded with no work, no food and no shelter in big cities. People are donating funds and food and volunteering at distribution centres.

Religious institutions have offered to house those stranded, while hospitals and health centers are joining hands with government agencies to help contain the spread of the infection.

While death seems to be lurking all around, the hope provided by love and care is sustaining life.

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