The Catholic Union and church groups in London have warned of a rough sleeping crisis, unless the Government acts soon.
Around 15,000 people across the country have been housed by local authorities since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This has been made possible by extra funding from the Government to provide accommodation for rough sleepers in empty hotels and hostels as part of the “everyone in” scheme. This includes 1,400 people in London.
The Catholic Union has called on the Government to scrap the two-child limit for childcare support for those on low incomes and the unemployed.
The policy, introduced in 2017, limits the childcare element of Universal Credit and Tax Credits to two children per household. The policy was widely criticised by faith groups at the time, on the grounds that it discriminates against larger families.
The Catholic Union has written to the Chancellor to call for the policy to be scrapped in light of the coronavirus outbreak and the huge financial pressures faced by families across the country.
The Catholic Union will be hosting an online talk by Patrick van der Vorst
(Founder of the website Christian Art) on the history of Catholic sacred art, its place in reflective prayer, and how it can now relate to the new evangelisation.
The Catholic Union has called on the Government to give greater support to people who live and work in care homes.
The number of deaths from coronavirus among care home residents has reduced, but it is still a high proportion of the total number of deaths.
In a letter to Care Minister, Helen Whately MP, the Catholic Union urged the Government to uphold the dignity of older people during the coronavirus and recognise the profound importance of care work to society.
The Catholic Union has called on the UK Government to allow churches to reopen for private prayer ahead of the next review of lockdown restrictions.
The existing restrictions – which require the closure of all places of worship – are due to be reviewed on Thursday 28 May.
Catholic Union President, Sir Edward Leigh, has written to Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, to call for churches in England to be allowed to open for private prayer as soon as possible.
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We need clear arguments for how and why churches should open again writes James Somerville-Meikle
When will it end?
People have been asking this question for weeks now. When will schools re-open, when will people return to work, when will public transport resume anything like a normal timetable?
Just as important to many of the 4.5 million Catholics in this country is the question about when churches will open again.
A summary of the situation of certain vulnerable groups affected by the Covid-19 crisis as at mid-April 2020:
CU Covid 19 Research_17-04-20
The Catholic Union has called for greater support for volunteers during the coronavirus.
In a letter to the Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP, the Catholic Union warned that the country’s army of volunteers is being overlooked in the Government’s response to the virus.
Here is a collection of online resources for Holy Mass, Prayers and Devotions, Retreats, Courses and Lectures to help us all during the Covid-19 crisis. Please click on the link below and we hope that it will prove useful.
Briefing re Online Resources 7.4.20
Here is a collection of prayers from different churches around the world relating to Covid-19 supplied by a member of the Catholic Union:
April Ecumenical COVID Prayers