Reflections

Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?

 

A section dedicated to spiritual, philosophical, and theological reflection and meditations in this time of pandemic and post-pandemic, that serve the soul to find strength and motivation to go joyfully into the future.

Following what the Holy Father told us on March 27, 2020: " finding the courage to create spaces where everyone can recognize that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity. By his cross we have been saved in order to embrace hope and let it strengthen and sustain all measures and all possible avenues for helping us protect ourselves and others. Embracing the Lord in order to embrace hope: that is the strength of faith, which frees us from fear and gives us hope".

The content of the proposed reflections is not necessarily shared by the Commission nor does it imply its direct responsibility.

Pope Francis, preface by Card. Michael Czerny, SJ

The book published by the Librería Editora Vaticana contains eight interventions by the Pope in the first months of the year marked by the coronavirus pandemic. The reading is guided by the preface of Cardinal Michael Czerny, Under-Secretary of the Dicastery's Migrants Section for the Service of Integral Human Development, which illustrates the Pope's unitary thinking, his vision of the future of humanity, full of love and hope.

"Life after the Pandemic" is the new book published by the Vatican Publishing House, available free of charge in digital format on the Publishing House's website and on the landing page of Vatican News. It contains the reflections of Pope Francis - written and spoken texts - on the coronavirus pandemic that has spread in the human family, outlining the guidelines for a new beginning that has the taste of a rebirth. 

Eight texts, dated 27 March to 22 April, which could be read as a unique development of his thought and as a rich message to humanity. The preface is signed by Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ, Under-Secretary of the Section of Migrants and Refugees of the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development. It highlights the two objectives of this collection: "to suggest a direction, keys to reading and guidelines for rebuilding a better world that could be born out of this crisis of humanity" (p. 3) and to sow hope in the midst of so much suffering and bewilderment. These eight texts, writes Cardinal Czerny, "show the warm and inclusive approach of Pope Francis, which does not reduce people to units to be counted, measured and administered, but altogether in the common humanity and spirit" (P5).

The book is available in 5 languages (IT/EN/FR/ES/PT) and can be downloaded from the website Librería Editora Vaticana

Reflections Mons. Bruno-Marie Duffé

 

Mgr Bruno Marie Duffé, Secretary of the Department for the Service of Integral Human Development, offers us a reflection on the situation we are experiencing and which is linked above all to the work of the Vatican Commission COVID-19 (Download them in PDF by clicking on each of the titles below).

Reflections

03 August 2020

"Humana Communitas" in the Age of Pandemic

03 July 2020

COVID-19 stigma. A contribution from the Dicastery

14 June 2020

Hope in grief at the time of COVID-19. A contribution from the Dicastery

11 April 2020

Easter Message in the context of the COVID-19 pandemia

All reflections by Father Federico Lombardi, published on Vatican News in the section "Beyond the crisis", are an opportunity to meditate on the period of the pandemic, on the profound meanings that the coronavirus requires us to read in the events that are happening and on the prospects for the future, beyond the crisis.

VATICAN NEWS - BEYOND THE CRISIS

 

Marcelo Figueroa, theologian and biblical scholar, director of the Argentinian edition of the L'Osservatore Romano, reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic times.

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