Faith in the time of a global coronavirus crisis

April 10, 2020

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A priest carries a cross during the annual procession of the Station of the Cross on Good Friday the Catholic Church of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues, in Paris, France, April 10, 2020.

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The coronavirus has fundamentally changed how we live our lives — but perhaps most heartbreaking is how it's changed how we deal with death. And, every year, thousands of Catholic worshipers travel to the east side of Mexico City to watch a live reenactment of the stations of the cross. This year, as Mexico and much of the world is implementing social isolation measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, local authorities have decided to cancel the much-anticipated event. Also, why do pandemics happen? That's a question religious thinkers have been trying to answer for a long, long time. 


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