The Covid-19 pandemic in Catalonia and the confinement have led to exceptional situations and painful. But also solidarity stories and unique humanity. Church people have starred in many and are now collected in a documentary. Esfesia confi (N) ada is an Animaset documentary directed by journalist Laura Mor, made entirely during confinement, which explains this unique experience. How the Church in Catalonia has lived confinement and what it means to be a Christian in times of coronavirus.
The documentary premieres this Sunday, May 31 at 1:00 p.m. on 8 TV and through the digital platform of The vanguard. On Friday, May 29 at 6:00 p.m., a virtual presentation will be made through the Animaset website . The presentation will include part of the team of Animaset who has made the documentary during confinement, the director and screenwriter at Laura Mor, the screenwriter Jordi Llisterri and the executive producer Jordi Roigé. The president of the Union of Religious of Catalonia will also speak of the response of the Church during the confinement, Eduard Rey, and the Deputy Secretary of the Tarraconense Episcopal Conference, Norbert Miracle. The President of Animaset, Màxim Muñoz, will close the event.
Churches closed to worship, suspension of the Sunday precept, priests opening YouTube channels and making prayers on WhatsApp, older people signing up for new technologies to follow Mass from a distance and families celebrating the offices and traditions of Easter at home. Convents converted into centers to sew masks, queues in churches to distribute food and requests to cover first needs multiplied by three. Spiritual services in hospitals in a perplexing situation, with difficulties to personally accompany patients in the last hours of life or to provide comfort to family members. And many people wondering why God allowed all this pain. Meanwhile, Pope Francis was the only international authority crying out for solidarity between countries.
The parishes suspended the masses, but all this activity shows that the Church has not closed during the weeks of confinement. See and understand an unprecedented situation In the documentary, through various clips and the compilation of domestic images, it is shown how religious communities, parishes, solidarity services of the Church, Christian schools, Religious health services or Christian families from home.
The documentary account provides the reflections of Church personalities and people who have experienced the pandemic at the forefront
Images of the celebration of Easter from home are also collected in different Catalan towns. They are images that had never been seen before the confinement and that, if they were not collected, could be forgotten. The documentary account provides the reflections of personalities of the Church and of people who have experienced the pandemic on the front line. In the health field, three people speak who have been to hospitals these days. Mercè Puig-Pey, coordinator of the Pastoral de Sant Joan de Déu; Carme Vila, professor at the Blanquerna-URL Health Faculty and nurse at Hospital del Mar during the pandemic; and Sebastià Aupí, Cures at the Trueta Hospital in Girona and Santa Caterina de Salt. From the Church two theologians contribute the reflection. Joan Planellas, Archbishop of Tarragona, and Margarita Bofarull, religious of the Sagrat Cor, doctor and delegate of Faith and Culture of the Archbishopric of Barcelona. The ecclesial experience also explains the peblà de Montblanc, Simo gras, one of the many rectors who have kept the parish virtually open. And two Christian families with young children and adolescents who explain how they have continued to celebrate the faith at home and without mosen. It also shows how the educational and school situation has been faced with Josep Closa, psycho-pedagogue and head of management of the Fundación Vedruna Catalunya Educación, and the philosopher and theologian Francesc Torralba.
Generalized impotence converted into creativity, in prayer and in a new hope that must be spread. This is what the images of experiences of a wide range of entities and people linked to the Catalan Church show. The ecclesial plurality, from the most traditional experience to the most groundbreaking, is also reflected in the documentary.