Hundreds of international Catholic volunteers were recalled from their countries of service at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. A year later, they and their volunteer programs are still struggling to adapt.
Faith Seeking Understanding - With vaccines in many of our arms and months of discernment under our belts, we should not rush to return to some mere status quo as if everything was just fine in February 2020; that includes our church.
The pandemic strained complex food supply systems in the U.S. and around the world. Experts say the pandemic has offered a glimpse of food supply problems that can be expected as global temperatures continue to rise.
Commentary: In late summer, as restrictions on outdoor gatherings in Berkeley relaxed a bit, a small group began to meet, masked and distanced, in a nearby park to read and reflect on Scripture, and pray.
Commentary: After considering several possibilities, on Sunday, May 24, 2020, our parish resumed Sunday Masses in person, outside in the parking lot. We have been gathering this way ever since to celebrate the Eucharist.
Native American communities suffer from high rates of chronic illnesses and often have limited access to safe water and fresh food. Climate change adds to their difficulties, with increasing bouts of extreme weather threatening residents' safety and health, as well as traditional means of healing.