Updated – Translated resources – coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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Victoria Department of Health and Human Services provides information COVID-19 translated information for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, health professionals and industry. Information includes factsheets, self-isolation guides, Stay at Home Guides and Treasury Factsheets – Jobkeeper Payments. — 49 languages covered

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Amma – Mata Amritanandamayi – speaks on Coronavirus

Amma's message on Coronavirus
On 23 March at Amritapuri Ashram, Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi) gave one message about Coronavirus: “Pray sincerely and practice due diligence & caution against Coronavirus!” Amma’s message is as follows:

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Live Streaming of Worship – Shepparton

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Here, we bring you up to date with prayer and devotion in Shepparton’s places of worship for the current time of Covid 19 with Stage 3 restrictions. Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Sikh communities are referenced.

Due the Prime Minister’s Press Conference on 3 April 2020, worship that is streamed live is deemed an essential service, and the proper number of ministers, priests, deacons, imams, gurbani’s will be allowed to participate in the live streaming. The Place of Worship, however, remains closed to the Public.

Update: There are a number of new links added for Christian worship in languages other than English.

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How coronavirus challenges Muslims’ faith and changes their lives

hajj at mecca
This year’s hajj, which draws more than 2 million pilgrims to the Ka’ba mosque at Mecca, is likely to be cancelled.

Fortunately for Muslims, the closure of mosques does not mean they stop daily prayers altogether. In Islam, individual prayers and worship play a greater role than communal ones. Muslims can pray five times a day wherever they are, and often home is a place where most praying takes place.

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Buddhism: Chanting Tara mantra helpful in containing the spread of epidemics

His Holiness XIV Dalai LamaDharamshala: A group of Chinese Buddhists and devout followers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from mainland China sought His Holiness’ spiritual advice on ways to contain the spread of Coronavirus, a recently discovered airborne disease which has gripped national attention as well as globally after it spread rapidly across China and to other parts of the world.

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“In the Beginning was the Word”: Why Covid-19 Renders Words even more Powerful

writing wordsWords have an impact on human consciousness, something scientists have long studied, and many researchers and health services are committed to. Articulation and eloquence have long defined culture. And ‘having a way with words’ is a way of either praising special capacity – or bemoaning ‘spin’. Words, and how they are used, is a large part of what many bemoan as ‘fake news’. So, we know that words matter. Now that we move into virtual communication for everything from trade to learning, from industry to worship, words will matter more than ever, writes Prof. Azza Karam is Secretary General, Religions for Peace International.
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Coronavirus: Plagues, pandemics, and religious ramifications through history

religious worship in time of spiritual crisis

Easter is approaching, but Christians won’t be able to assemble in any traditional place of worship. In the Catholic tradition, all masses have been suspended by order of the archdiocese. Funerals are one of the few services that the governments are allowing, but they must have no more than 10 people.

Do the measures of social distancing being imposed by governments all over the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic mean the end of conventional religious practice? If mortality were to increase to the situation we see in Italy and Spain, it will not be possible to remember the dead by any but the most cursory means.

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Buddhism: Exhaling into a Brighter Future

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“I feel like the world has just gotten a little smaller and my heart has gotten a little larger.” As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, I keep remembering that comment from Luciana, an educator and small business owner in Brazil, during the first online meeting of our small, mindfulness-teacher mentoring group.

One of the great gifts of my teaching life over the last few years has been my role as the director of mentoring for an online, international mindfulness teacher certification program led by Buddhist teachers Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. As a mentor, I meet face-to-face via Zoom in monthly, 6-person groups with students from Singapore, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and both coasts of the United States.

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Faith and Multifaith in Shepparton in times of Covid-19

Shepparton places of worship

Here, we bring you up to date with prayer and devotion in Shepparton’s places of worship for the current time of Covid 19 with Stage 2 restrictions. Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Sikh communities are referenced.

Update: There are a number of new links added for Christian worship in languages other than English.

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Covid 19 arrangements – City of Greater Shepparton

City of Greater Shepparton LogoThe health of the Council’s employees, volunteers and the Greater Shepparton community is the Shepparton Council’s top priority. Council’s response to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) is being guided by the latest advice from Commonwealth and State authorities.
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Empty spaces amid coronavirus

Stay Home BillboardAll over the world, places of gathering for the faithful for prayer, devotion, offering and morning puja – are silent and the faithful are urged to stay away during this time of coronavirus. Here, we bring a collection of photographs from Reuters “Photo of the Day” of different places of worship in many different nations. They are empty spaces amid coronavirus.
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Christian leaders pray for end to pandemic

#PrayfortheWorldJoined by Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant leaders and faithful from around the world, Pope Francis led the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, imploring God’s mercy on humanity amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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These Buddhist nuns in Perth saw coronavirus coming – and took action

Webcam in Buddhist shrine PerthThe Fo Guang Shan temple in Perth shut down in February, more than a month before the Australian government announced social distancing measures. Nuns there have been using social media and chat groups to lift the spirits of the community ever since.
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Pope Francis: The Three Elements Needed for Praying Well

St Peters in Rome - in lockdownThe three elements needed for praying well … Pope Francis told them to faithful worldwide to welcome his invitation, during his private daily Mass at his residence Casa Santa Marta, again offered for the victims and those affected by the Coronavirus, praying especially today for those struggling financially at this time. The Pope’s Mass can be watched at any time on the Vatican Youtube Channel.

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Reflections from around the world

The Sacred Heart of Humanity

Ours is a world of hope, care and wonder. Here, we bring prayers, reflections and poems from around the world in this time of pandemic, lockdown and for some, worry. These reflections – prayers, really, come from around your world.

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From a refugee’s perspective

Google Map of CoronavirusReflecting on our shared humanity: Covid-19, like the refugee crisis, is a global problem. It requires a global solution. No one chose to create it. No one chose to be infected by it. But we all have a choice in how we respond.
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Live Darshan From Hindu Temples In India During Coronavirus

Hindu TempleSeveral Hindu Temples in India are offering daily live darshan and avoid travelling during coronavirus and have darshan from home. Majority of the temples have live webcasting during the arati period and important puja periods. Here is a list of temples and links to the live darshan. Notices are also given for darshan with Mother Meera in Germany, and a notice from the Mata Amritanandamayi Math is also given.
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Hinduism: COVID 19 and the Herd Instinct

Seed sproutDr Robert Svoboda, well-known speaker and author, Ayurvedic practitioner and guide to Hinduism, writes about the Mind and keeping calm in this time of “catching” emotions and thoughts from others. In this climate of uncertainty however many people are freaking out, and acting in ways that will ultimately benefit neither them nor their loved ones, in particular buying up everything they can.
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