The Statistic

27th March, 2020
Number of jobless people who registered for unemployment benefits in the US, in the week to 21st March, 2020 (a new high): Almost 3.3 million
Source: US Department of Labor

 

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Moments

27th March, 2020
ANNOUNCED: By G20 leaders, that they would inject $US5 trillion into the global economy in response to the coronavirus crisis.
INDICTED: In absentia in the US, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and a dozen other Venezuelan officials on charges of narco-terrorism.
CEASEFIRE: Declared for a fortnight by a separatist militia in Cameroon as a "gesture of goodwill" to allow testing for the coronavirus.

 

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SATPAL SINGH, a professor at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo in the US, says it's time to face the reality that violence against women "is not an aberration but a commonplace occurrence in world society"...

ROSIE KENDALL, CEO of Christians Against Poverty Australia, provides some practical tips on how the church can continue its care for the community in the coronavirus crisis...

In an article first published on Religion News Service, US Catholic commentator THOMAS REESE, currently living in quarantine in Washington, DC, reflects on the coronavirus crisis...

They Said It

“They’ve obtained the support of the Maduro regime, who is allowing them to use Venezuela as a safe haven from which they can continue to conduct their cocaine trafficking and their armed insurgency."
- US Attorney General William Barr, claiming the Venezuelan leadership collaborated with a dissident faction of the former Colombian guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, as the US announced indictments against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and 14 members of his inner circle with drug trafficking, “narco-terrorism”, corruption and money laundering (as quoted on The Guardian)

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This Week on the Web

27th March, 2020
Images taken from space show the impact of the coronavirus lockdowns and social distancing measures on locations around the world. See a gallery on Newsweek...

 

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The Word Explained

25th March, 2020
Lent: A 40 day reflective lead-up to Easter as preparation for celebrating Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.

 

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