COVID-19 daily round up of Catholic news. 17th August 2020

UK

Catholic Sir Iain Duncan Smith says COVID-19 has exposed extent of slavery in UK

https://bit.ly/31XohNf

Commonwealth

India is entering a dangerous new phase of rising infections in small towns and villages with limited access to healthcare

https://bit.ly/3g5umfo

Cardinal suspends Mass, confession as New Zealand clamps down on COVID again

https://bit.ly/325EnEK

Europe

Second wave looms as France reports more than 12,000 new coronavirus cases

https://bit.ly/2YamumP

Florence’s 400-year-old ‘wine windows’ undergo renaissance thanks to coronavirus crisis — originating during the Black Death pandemic

https://bit.ly/2Q1KwMy

USA

Church defies city restraining order despite threats of mass arrests and armed guards

https://bit.ly/2EdCq0I

The rise of the ‘snitch’ culture in leftist cities and universities — “the left wants you to rat out other Americans with contact tracing”

A reflection on the impact of COVID-19 — We are not made to be alone

https://bit.ly/311Bkhd

And finally, a close up of a Florentine ‘wine-window’