Canada's bishops on COVID-19: March 29, 2020

In place of The Catholic Register’s editorial and letters from readers, this week we are turning over this page to reprint abridged versions from a sampling of messages from Canadian bishops to the people of their dioceses as they address the COVID-19 crisis.

Francis Campbell: There is much to learn from social distancing

A Saturday afternoon walk seemed a healthy idea during the social distancing edicts foisted on citizens everywhere to fend off COVID-19 risks.

    Leah Perrault: Staying the course, whether frozen or not

    Staying the course is an ironic metaphor for an asthmatic whose longest race ever was 3,000 metres.

      Luke Stocking: In the face of our fears we need signs of peace

      I had a coronavirus earlier this year.

      Not THAT coronavirus. It was just a common cold, which is one of the many types of coronaviruses out there.

        Charles Lewis: COVID-19 crisis a chance to re-examine our lives

        Every crisis can teach us something about ourselves. Each is a chance to revise the way we live and the way we think about what is important and which people in society deserve our respect and admiration.

          Charles Lewis: Imagine a Lent lasting the whole year

          As you read this we will be in the last few weeks of our Lenten promises. If you are like me you have probably slipped once or twice.

            Readers Speak Out: March 22, 2019

            Coronaphobia

            The coronavirus is dominating world news, shaking all kinds of human activities and becoming a hysteria rarely seen. The fear of it might be called coronaphobia, and it could be more dangerous than the virus itself.

            Editorial: Doing our duty

            School closures, business disruptions, stock market panic, grocery hoarding and widespread cancellations of Sunday Masses. Few if any of us have seen anything like this.

              Peter Stockland: Pandemic forces sacrifice of Mass

              The Church in Quebec, many parts of Ontario and even in Rome appeared late last week to say “No Más” in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

                Cathy Majtenyi: Don’t forget about justice in winter of discontent

                It’s been a turbulent few months. Crowds blocking rail lines, protesters waving placards and RCMP officers barricading land are some of the dramatic images of discontent across Canada.

                  Gerry Turcotte: The Wiki and wacky world of St. Isidore

                  As I was driving to work this week, I saw a sign outside a neighbourhood church. It read: “Prayer is the original wireless form of communication.”