Algiers, 21 July, 2020 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
A Jesuit Archbishop shepherding the people of God in Algeria’s Archdiocese of Algiers has, in a recent interview with ACI Africa, shared about the impact of COVID-19 in his experience, saying the pandemic has triggered moments of destabilization and a deeper spiritual reflection that reveals “a certain letting go in relationships” including that with God.
“The uncertainty of the situation, which is prolonged, destabilizes and pushes us to dig deeper, in the life of faith, but also in the life of relationships, even at a distance, by perceiving better what is most solid, most tangible in these uncertain moments. As a result, we experience a certain letting go in relationships and therefore in our relationship with God and in prayer,” Archbishop Paul Desfarges told ACI Africa.
The disease, which has brought an “inner feeling of a common belonging to the same fragile and solidary humanity” has also revealed to all humanity “what brings us together and makes us brothers and sisters,” Archbishop Desfarges said during the Saturday, July 18 interview.
“We must, therefore, continue communion in prayer, solidarity in caring for those who are most fragile and in greatest need. Continue to serve and to love,” the French-born Archbishop further said.
Algeria, the largest country in Africa, has recorded at least 23,691 cases of COVID-19 including 1,087 fatalities and 16,400 recoveries.