Message from ACRP Secretary-General on COVID-19 Pandemic

Message on COVID-19 Pandemic

April 22, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters, all my friends,

At present, humanity is facing the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The momentum of the pandemic is ever-growing, and the number of infected people is still on the rise.

Each national chapter of ACRP is doing the utmost to play a crucial role of the religious community in each locality and country while endeavoring to prevent the further expansion of infection by following the policy of the respective government.

For enabling all living beings to protect themselves from the threat of COVID-19 infection, we people of religion and faith, as a religious community and as an individual, live and behave everyday life while seeking what we should do, and what we can do.

When we look around the situations in the world, humanity is under unprecedented emergencies that paralyze the individual life as well as social, national politics and economy, and it even limits to meet one another. 

It is the critical moment that we humans should unite and act in solidarity to end the pandemic as soon as possible.  We people of religion and faith pray, live, and behave sincerely every day.

I believe what we humans shall not forget is the sincere attitude and way of living to learn something from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is self-questioning whether we humans have had arrogance in our past living, and how we each seriously transform our way of life and behavior in the future.

What is the way of life, God and Buddha entrust humanity? 

What we should ask ourselves is coming into sharp relief.  It is the way of living to protect the earth and to be protected by the earth, coexistence between humanity and nature/other beings, common living among humanity, transcending competitive life and seeking a simpler way of living, etc.

Let us think and speak up together the messages we people of religion and faith should disseminate now to our societies and the world.

With our profound prayer that the once breaking-up bond of humanity will be built one day again in the future.

Nobuhiro Nemoto
Secretary-General, ACRP