Western companies have over the years outsourced many activities to Indian companies, especially call centres. In India, many companies remain open despite a government lockdown. India has half of the global outsourcing market, but now some western companies are backsourcing.
Health kits distributed to 5 thousand poor people, food to other 5 thousand families of seasonal workers, slum residents, Dalits. The toll of people infected by Covid-19 has risen to 703 and the deaths to 16. Surgical masks packed in the diocese of Miao and donated to doctors. A second priest arrested and released for celebrating a funeral.
In India, the Covid-19 test costs too much: US. The country is unable to apply WHO health directives. There are not enough public laboratories. Private ones should be involved, but first they need to be prepared. Quarantine, social distancing and innate immunity could help isolate the infection.
The National Council of Churches in India and the Indian Evangelical Alliance have taken up the pontiff's invitation. Felix Machado: "People are terrified and anxious; the situation asks us to witness a profound faith". Rev. Vijayesh Lal, EFI secretary general: “We ask all communities to pray and take care of the elderly and unemployed people”.
Fr. Pauly Padayatty was later released on bail. Police arrested other people who participated in rallies and processions in temples and mosques. Card. Gracias celebrates online and makes new arrangements for funerals and confessions.
In Dhaka’s slums are hole to more than 650,000. In Bhutan the king addressed the nation. All the countries in the area close their borders. The Catholic Church has suspended Masses, Lent activities. In Afghanistan, people continue to die from the war.
The St Catherine of Siena facility is home to 75 poor children without parents, aged 5 to 18. Because of the outbreak, a skeleton staff of three cares for them. A mobile medical clinic visits every week. The children enjoy a plant-based diet, games and study.
The detainees were between 25 and 32 years old. The death sentence was carried out a few hours after the last rejection on appeal by the Supreme Court. A religious sister, also a raper victim: “Crimes against women are the most hateful and must be punished, but not with the death penalty. I am not seeking revenge, only justice ".
A Mass was held with the necessary precautions to ask the patron saint of the Church to end the epidemic. Sister prays “every day for the health and strength of my fellow Christians and people of other faiths, who have fallen victim to the coronavirus.” For another, “we must not let God out of this tragedy.” Tonight at 9 pm, Pope Francis will join a rosary by Italian Bishops.
The number of COVID-19 cases has reached 169, with three deaths. Bishops urge people to “avoid panic and blind violence". A patient commits suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of a hospital. Two students were attacked because for allegedly testing positive. Priests and believers are to follow certain guidelines during the Easter Triduum.
The Shanti Daan house in Mumbai hosts 175 people. Missionaries care for poor people who die on the streets, on sidewalks, along sewer drains, at bus stops, at train stations and in public places. For them, a coronavirus patient who knocks on the door is like Jesus. The missionaries following government instruction so as not to put at risk their other residents.
The "Vimala Dermatological Center" continues to treat patients but sends students home. Card. Oswald Gracias cancels the 32nd edition of the night pilgrimage. The home for clergy stops visits. The third Indian victim was from Mumbai.
The number of confirmed cases in the country has risen to 116 with two deaths. Caritas issued a health advisory for its staff, partners and beneficiaries. Its Lent campaign has been adapted to fight the pandemic. The Archdiocese of Goa and 15 Protestant churches in Mizoram impose strict hygienic rules.
“In a world where there is so much inclination to make money, find good jobs, become professionals, I suddenly realise that these material things do not bring me the kind of happiness that the soul within me desires.”
The vicar general of the Archdiocese of Delhi explains the significance of the period that leads to the resurrection of Christ. Conversion is a lifelong process. One must change one's life to resemble Jesus. The recent sectarian violence in the capital is like Christ’s crucifixion when he “continues to suffer in the suffering of his children.”