The Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of Spain have taken up the request of Pope Francis to create an international emergency fund to help mission territories affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although Spain is also experiencing a dramatic situation due to the spread of COVID-19, it cannot remain indifferent to the reality of the world’s poorer countries, where the harmful effects are even greater.
Don José María Calderón, National Director of the PMS of Spain, explained:
“Unfortunately the situation caused by COVID-19 in Spain is terrible, in all aspects: the dead, the infected, the sick health personnel, the lack of materials and means to work with a certain security… besides the economic aspect.
“However, we see how this pandemic is gradually spreading in countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania and America, which have much fewer means than us and in some places have serious difficulties in handling the situation and going through isolation, the limitation of relationships [and] experiencing the pain and burial of their loved ones.
“For this reason, the missionaries are already ringing the alarm bell… they will need a lot of prayer and a lot of help from us!”.
The National Director recalled that “the PMS are the channel which the Holy Father and the Church have at their disposal to get this aid, both spiritual and material. That’s why we decided to launch this campaign. Thanks to everyone who decides to collaborate”.
Mission territories represent a third of the dioceses of the world and almost half of the world’s population lives in them.
Here the Church does an enormous job of evangelisation and of promoting integral human development.
The Church supports 26,898 social institutions (hospitals, dispensaries, nursing homes, orphanages…) and 119,200 schools, more than half of those that the Church manages in the world.
In the past 30 years, the Church has opened on average 2 social institutions and 6 schools per day in mission territories.
All this work that the Church does needs financial support that it receives regularly through the PMS, in campaigns known as World Mission Day (Domund).