Bishop Shomali: 'The outbreak of coronavirus is not a divine retribution'

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Bishop Shomali: 'The outbreak of coronavirus is not a divine retribution'

By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org

Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali has said that the outbreak of coronavirus is not a divine retribution to humanity.

In his homily at the Holy Mass celebrated at St. Mary of Nazareth Church in Amman on Wednesday, March 25 marking the grand Feast of the Annunciation, in the absence of the faithful, Bishop Shomali said: "We are confused and shocked by the events and news that affected the entire world. We also fear their consequences and repercussions as related to our life. Some of us have come to believe that what is happening is God's punishment for mankind!"

Strongly negating this notion, he said, ''The Almighty God is a compassionate and loving father, and the father does not take revenge on his children. Consequently, we must exonerate God from this claim for he did not cause this epidemic to us. We will discover later that humans are involved in that. The future will unveil the truth. On the other hand, we believe that God is able to turn evil into goodness."

Bishop Shomali concluded his homily by quoting the homily of Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Most Reverend Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa for the Solemnity of the Annunciation saying, "Let us ask the Virgin Mary for the gift of trust in God’s work in us and in the world. Trust in God will give us new life, just like the child born in the womb of the Virgin, just like the life born from the sepulcher. Even there: The hand of man gave death, and only the hand of God could restore life. And so, it happened."

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 21:09
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