Changes made to Island’s COVID-19 regulations, 24 Jul

Source: Isle of Man

Yesterday, Tynwald approved a number of changes to the Isle of Man’s COVID-19 regulations, representing another step forward in the Island’s journey to gradually remove travel restrictions.  Changes were also made to some of the rules around testing and isolation.

The changes came into effect at 01:00 this morning, Saturday 24 July.

Testing and isolation for children arriving on Island

Children aged 5 to 11 are now exempt from testing and isolation when travelling, so long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms.  The change reflects the evidence that young children are, generally, at a much lower risk of getting COVID-19, and where they do catch the virus they are less likely to become ill or transmit the virus to others.  Children aged 4 and under are already exempt from testing and isolation when travelling.

The parents of any children aged 5 to 11 who have travelled to the Isle of Man and are currently in isolation will receive an email from the Travel Notification Service today.  This will confirm that their child can leave isolation so long as they have no symptoms.

Children aged 12 – 17 will continue to undergo isolation and testing, with tests for this age group free of charge.

Travel from green and amber list countries

Countries on England’s green list will now be treated the same as England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Jersey and Guernsey (the Common Travel Area) meaning that those who are fully vaccinated are able to travel directly to the Isle of Man without having to isolate or have a test on arrival.

Travellers coming from a green list country who aren’t fully vaccinated are now eligible for the shorter test to release pathway, rather than the 7 day pathway.

Anyone who is fully vaccinated and travelling from a county on England’s amber list is now able to travel directly to the Isle of Man without having to isolate or have a test on arrival. 

The only exception is France, where the Isle of Man is aligned with England in not accepting a vaccine exemption at this time

Those traveling from an amber list country who aren’t fully vaccinated must still follow the 7 day pathway.

Anyone not fully vaccinated and in isolation because they travelled from a green list country should email the Travel Notification Service at tns@gov.im with details of their travel.  They will then be issued with an email if they are free to leave isolation.

Travel rules for those who have visited countries on England’s red list remain unchanged.

Vaccine recognition

Anyone who has had the Johnson and Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine or who has taken part in clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccines Valneva, Novovax, Com-COV, or Com-COV 2 which were administered in the Common Travel Area, or a country on the green or amber lists, is now able to apply for an exemption to travel to the Island using the no testing or isolation pathway so long as two weeks has passed since they had their jab.

Anyone who has been fully vaccinated with the Oxford/Astra Zeneca, Moderna, or Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines in a green or amber list country is now able to apply for an exemption to travel to the Island using the no testing or isolation pathway so long as two weeks has passed since they had their jab.

Changes to exit testing

Anyone currently in isolation because they tested positive for the virus will no longer be required to take an exit PCR test on day 9.  Instead, they will be free to leave isolation at 12 noon on their day 10, as confirmed in their direction notice, so long as they are no longer symptomatic. This reflects the Island’s ongoing transition from an elimination strategy to one of mitigation and is in line with the UK, where isolation ends after 10 days with no PCR test.

ASIA/SRI LANKA – Giornata del clero autoctono e contributo alla Pontificia Opera di San Pietro Apostolo

Source: The Holy See in Italian

Headline: ASIA/SRI LANKA – Giornata del clero autoctono e contributo alla Pontificia Opera di San Pietro Apostolo

Colombo – “Sei tu che io ho preso dall’estremità della terra e ho chiamato dalle regioni più lontane e ti ho detto: «Mio servo tu sei, ti ho scelto, non ti ho rigettato”: si ispira al brano biblico di Isaia il tema della speciale Giornata del Clero autoctono che, organizzata dalla Direzione nazionale delle Pontificie Opere Missionarie in Sri Lanka, si celebra domani 25 luglio e intende sensibilizzare sulle vocazioni al sacerdozio e sulla formazione dei giovani in cammino verso il sacerdozio. “Tu sei il mio servo, eletto”, recita il cartellone elaborato dalle POM srilankesi e diffuso in tutte le diocesi del paese. I fedeli, nonostante il tempi duri segnati dalla pandemia di Covid-19, frequenteranno le chiese, riunendosi in preghiera per le vocazioni indigene indigene.

Challenges in time of pandemic: APSA publishes its balance sheet

Source: The Holy See

Headline: Challenges in time of pandemic: APSA publishes its balance sheet

The 2020 balance sheet of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, APSA, made public for the first time, shows decreased contributions to the Roman Curia and decreased profits from investments. APSA’s president, Archbishop Nunzio Galantino, says APSA has been able to help those in financial difficulty; and notes that, although income has been reduced during the pandemic, there are nonetheless positive results as difficulties have brought out the desire to act “as a Church.”

ASIA/SRI LANKA – Day of indigenous clergy and contribution to the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle

Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI

Headline: ASIA/SRI LANKA – Day of indigenous clergy and contribution to the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle

Colombo – “You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth and summoned from its far-off places, You whom I have called my servant, whom I have chosen and will not cast off”: is the theme of the special Day of the indigenous clergy inspired by the Biblical passage of Isaiah which, organized by the National Directorate of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Sri Lanka, will be celebrated tomorrow July 25 and intends to raise awareness on vocations to priesthood and on the formation of young people on their path to priesthood. “You are my servant, chosen”, reads the poster drawn up by the Sri Lankan PMS and spread throughout the dioceses of the country. The faithful, despite the hard times marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, will attend churches, gathering in prayer for indigenous vocations.

ASIA/LEBANON – One year after the explosion, Caritas Lebanon takes stock of the situation as well as aid

Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI

Headline: ASIA/LEBANON – One year after the explosion, Caritas Lebanon takes stock of the situation as well as aid

Beirut – One year after the tragic explosion in the port of Beirut, which killed more than 200 people, injured more than 7,500 and left about 300 people homeless, Caritas Lebanon has organized a Seminar during which various interlocutors will alternate to testify what has been done so far to help the population so tragically affected .

AFRICA/NIGER – The religious of the Society of African Missions launch a new project to help children go back to school

Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI

Headline: AFRICA/NIGER – The religious of the Society of African Missions launch a new project to help children go back to school

Niamey – “We are in contact with the rural areas of the diocese of Niamey, in particular with the two areas most affected by terrorism: Makalondi, on the border with Burkina Faso and Dolbel, a region on the border with Mali. Thousands of children and teenagers who live here have dropped out of school. This project aims to help them continue their studies, ensuring a minimum of school fees and a contribution to health and the cost of room and accommodation”. This is what Father Mauro Armanino, missionary of the Society of African Missions told fides, speaking of the new school project that the religious of the institute founded by Mgr. de Brésillac are carrying out in collaboration with the diocese of Niamey. “In recent years – says Fr. Mauro – hundreds of schools have been closed due to threats to teachers and to the educational institution in general, considered a ‘Western’ vehicle. This – he continues – has caused not only distancing of the population from the areas considered at risk, but also an impoverishment of peasant families, who have been forced to abandon their agricultural and pastoral activity: it is estimated that at least 3 million people, in Niger, are at risk of famine. In this situation, the first to pay the price of this situation are children and young school age children: “Many of them – Fr. Armanino – had to flee elsewhere, and their parents do not have the means to guarantee them the completion of their educational process. Our commitment – he says – is little more than a drop in an ocean, but it wants to be a sign of solidarity to give hope to those who simply want to live and learn”. According to the missionary, the difficult condition in which the school system in Niger finds itself is also the result of wrong political choices that have been made in the past: “In the 1980s – notes the religious – the dismantling of almost everything that was public: investments in safety have been at the expense of social services and this has also involved the education sector. Following the important demographic growth, the decrease in investments for training and incentives for teachers completed the disaster. To date – reports Fr. Mauro – a positive signal comes from new president Mohamed Bazoom, who said that the school will be at the center of his priorities, also in reference to the birth rate. In fact, the construction of at least three boarding schools for girls in Niamey is planned. The more the girls are followed at school – he concludes – the more they will be able to ‘choose’ the moment of their first pregnancy”.

ASIA/MALAYSIA – Young people, “creative evangelizers” during the time of the pandemic

Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI

Headline: ASIA/MALAYSIA – Young people, “creative evangelizers” during the time of the pandemic

Kota Kinabalu – May young people be “creative evangelizers” during the time of the pandemic: this is the invitation expressed by Msgr. John Wong, Archbishop of Kota Kinabalu, speaking at the “Sabah 5” Youth Day, an event which, organized virtually, began on July 19 and ended yesterday, July 23. As reported to Fides, the Archbishop exhorted young people connected online “not be discouraged although they were only meeting virtually for the biggest celebration of Catholic faith in Sabah, but to be more creative and have more initiative to reach out to one another”. The Archbishop suggested to young people to “maximize the use of modern technology”, keeping in contact with others, “by organising formations and help others, especially those who are affected by the COVID-19, in a spirit of brotherhood to encourage each other”, he said. “As Catholic youth in this modern era, keep in touch with reality. Dear youth, use your talents for the glory of God so that you are able to move on, no matter what era you are in”, he said. And then continued: “Be convinced that the Lord is with you, He will guide you. Be convinced in your faith, be a true and active witness of Christ. Be on fire for God”. The Prelate wished: “Be the salt and light wherever you are. Be creative evangelizers”. Previously, Archbishop Wong presided over the opening mass of the celebration in the Catholic Archdiocesan Center, in a mass broadcast live online via Facebook and via the Sabah Catholic Youth website. Prayer meetings, formation and catechesis meetings, concerts – which saw the virtual participation of more than 2,500 young people – have followed one another until today, July 23, when the closing liturgy and the sending of youth missionary will take place.

EUROPE/ITALY – Breaking the circle of human trafficking: “care can make a difference”

Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI

Headline: EUROPE/ITALY – Breaking the circle of human trafficking: “care can make a difference”

Rome – The global network Talitha Kum, — which gathers more than 3,000 Catholic sisters and collaborators, launches the #CareAgainstTrafficking campaign in view of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons which will be celebrated on July 30. Founded in 2009 by UISG , Talitha Kum International coordinates 50 networks in more than 90 countries. As the note sent to Agenzia Fides recalls, in 2020 Talitha Kum networks around the world took care of 17,000 people who survived trafficking, offering safe homes, education and job opportunities, support to access justice and compensation, and health and psychosocial assistance. In the same period, nearly 170,000 people benefited from the prevention and awareness activities organized by Talitha Kum.

ASIA/LIBANO – A un anno dall’esplosione, Caritas Libano fa il punto della situazione e degli aiuti

Source: The Holy See in Italian

Headline: ASIA/LIBANO – A un anno dall’esplosione, Caritas Libano fa il punto della situazione e degli aiuti

Beirut – Ad un anno di distanza dalla tragica esplosione nel porto di Beirut, che ha ucciso più di 200 persone, ferito più di 7.500 e lasciato circa 300 persone senza una casa, Caritas Libano ha organizzato un Seminario durante il quale si avvicenderanno vari interlocutori a testimoniare quanto fatto finora per aiutare la popolazione così tragicamente colpita .

Irish Bishop: Grandparents, elderly have much to teach young about the faith

Source: The Holy See

Headline: Irish Bishop: Grandparents, elderly have much to teach young about the faith

As the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July, Bishop Denis Nulty, chair of the Irish Bishops’ Council for Marriage and the Family says grandparents have a lot to teach young people, and are the unsung heroes of the pandemic.