Tag: COVID-19

June 24, 2020: Judge Rules New York May Not Enforce Double-Standard Restrictions On Religious Gatherings


New York may no longer restrict religious gatherings to 25 percent capacity while other businesses can operate at 50 percent, according to a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge on Friday. U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe ruled that New York could not limit socially-distanced, outdoor religious services while it allowed outdoor graduation ceremonies in excess of 100 people.

June 10, 2020: EU and African Bishops call for a people-centred, just and responsible partnership between our continents


Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the European and the African Union are currently preparing for the 6th Summit of their political leaders. In this view, COMECE and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have elaborated a joint contribution on the future EU-Africa partnership.



June 5, 2020: The COVID-19 crisis unveiled the rock of people’s lives: the family

 Brussels, 5 June 2020

The current pandemic has reminded to all of us that the rock of people’s lives is in the family”: in this way FAFCE’s President, Vincenzo Bassi, welcomes the joint message released by the Presidencies of CCEE and COMECE on the occasion of their annual meeting: “Let’s all work together for a recovery that leaves no one behind”. They stressed the central role played by the family, “the true cell of solidarity and sharing, but also a place to pray together. Investing in the family – they stated – is the first step towards a just social, economic and ecclesial recovery“.

In fact, during this crisis, many have suffered. But all those who were far from their family or did not have one, have suffered in a particularly strong way – Vincenzo Bassi continued. We support the CCEE and COMECE Presidencies call for the re-establishment of normal State-Church relations based on dialogue and respect for fundamental rights and join ourselves in their special thanks to many priests for their generous service during this period, as close as possible to the reality of many families and of many persons who experienced loneliness and exclusion. Family Associations in Europe are at the service of the common good at the national and European levels to rebuild hope for our communities“.

Since the beginning of this public health crisis FAFCE has been highlighting the fundamental role of the family. In its last Board Resolution, FAFCE hihghlighed that “In the context of the current pandemic, families are in the front line”, asking to invest “in the family and in its human and social capital to move away from the crisis and creating a new starting point for Europe: epochal crises require historic choices, this is the moment to rethink the way we work, the way we take care of elderly people, the way we value the role of the family and the different structures of solidarity in Europe”. 

The Council of the European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) are the two bodies gathering all European Bishops. FAFCE has a fruitful and continuous cooperation with both the structures. The text of their message is also availiable in French, German and Italian.

The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe represents 27 national and local associations: we are the voice of families from a Catholic perspective at the European level. FAFCE holds a participatory status with the Council of Europe and is a member of the Fundamental Rights Platform of the European Union.

May 16, 2020: COVID-19 & Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith (BUT Specific guidelines for reopening churches during the coronavirus pandemic were excluded from a set of documents released by the CDC this week)

Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith

but see

April 15, 2020 – Triage: Maintaining a Catholic Ethic in Difficult Times


The COVID-19 Coronavirus has been challenging. One challenge has been determining how scarce medical resources are allocated among patients, particularly when the patients outnumber the available resources. The process of determining how different medical situations are prioritized, and then applying care and resources to people in those situations, is known as triage. The goal of triage is to save human lives to the greatest extent possible.

With COVID-19, the most pertinent question is this: if there is a shortage of ventilators in a hospital, what criteria should determine who gets a ventilator first? Ideally, there would be no shortages, but that is unfortunately not the case. Due to the intrinsic dignity of the human person, all people must be treated with equal respect in every situation, including difficult ones. A crisis is not an excuse for violating the dignity of a single human person made in God’s image and likeness (Gen. 1:26), particularly the most vulnerable, such as the handicapped and elderly.