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Covid-19 – A Challenge to Faith

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On the occasion of his Urbi et Orbi blessing on 27 March 2020 in an empty St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis, addressing the Lord in prayer said: “[The Coronavirus] is not a time of your judgement, but of our judgement, a time to chose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others”. Reflecting on the challenge contained in these words of the Holy Father I am reminded of the French Philosopher, Paul Ricoeur, who spoke of our experience of human life as moving from a time of orientation to disorientation or dislocation and on to a new orientation.

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