Italian Caritas, since the early days of the COVID-19 emergency, has intensified its contact with and coordination of the 218 diocesan Caritas in Italy.
An essay written by President of the Vatican Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia – “Pandemia e fraternità. La forza dei legami umani riapre il futuro” (“Pandemic and fraternity. The strength of human bonds reopens the future”) – has just been published.
Pope Francis on Sunday said that, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, “we must continue the effort to prevent and cure malaria, which threatens millions of persons in many countries”.
In a special prayer for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis has expressed his hope that the “enormous funds” spent on arms around the world may instead be spent “on promoting effective research” to prevent “tragedies” like the coronavirus from occurring in the future.
On name day, Pope gifts ventilators to Romanian hospital struggling with COVID-19 in EU’s poorest region.
In the context of the suffering caused by COVID-19, an Italian Catholic group, New Humanity for a Global World, has pleaded with the EU and the US to lift their “cruel and unacceptable” sanctions on Syria.
The Apostolic Almoner has written to Vatican cardinals inviting them to an act of solidarity during Holy Week.
Italian bishops have slapped down right-wing populist politician Matteo Salvini who was angling for the reopening of churches at Easter amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Pope Francis has established an emergency fund at the Pontifical Mission Societies in order to come to the aid of those people and communities who are being tragically impacted by the spread of COVID-19.
On Friday afternoon, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, paid a visit to Rome’s Agostino Gemelli Hospital, which is tending to sufferers of COVID-19.
Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said that as a general public Ireland will need to continue to up its game in a collective fight to limit the potentially dreadful impact that COVID-19 can have on the nation.
German and Austrian bishops have insisted that the coronavirus is “not God’s punishment” but instead an “invitation to think” to the world.
In his prayer intention for Friday, during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis remembered those who are already focusing on the issues that will arise after the COVID-19 pandemic, including poverty, unemployment, and hunger.
Homeless people in Madrid have written letters of support to coronavirus patients, expressing to the sick sentiments such as “in difficult situations, don’t lose faith”.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Europe and the world, the presidents of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) have issued a joint call stressing the importance of unity, calling all Churches, communities and political leaders “to show our commitment to European values”.
“There are tears, yes, but great hope too that something new will come from this”, a Spanish chaplain on call 24/7 for coronavirus patients has said.
Healthcare rationing in the COVID-19 crisis “must be the last resort”, a Pontifical Academy has reminded governments.
Pope Francis has cautioned governments that to put the economy before people amid the COVID-19 pandemic would be “viral genocide”.
Vatican cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and President of Church charity Caritas Internationalis, has said on the COVID-19 crisis that we should wash our hands, but not of our responsibility for vulnerable people.
Vatican bodies have denounced the “selfishness and shortsightedness” of “uncoordinated” national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an emotional Urbi et orbi blessing Friday evening in an empty St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Pope Francis said coronavirus is not God’s judgment, but our “time to choose
Pope Francis on Thursday handed over 30 respirators purchased in recent days to the Office of Papal Charities to be donated to intensive care units of hospitals in Italy and Spain that are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Don Orione inspires us to live this time of health and social emergency with seriousness, in full respect of the norms and public guidelines, but also with the fantasy of charity”.
An Italian priest has gone back to his former profession of nursing to care for the coronavirus sick.
At his Friday morning Mass in the Chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude for those who think of others in this difficult time of the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus crisis has brought the world to a tragic, grinding halt. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t tiny specks of hope on the horizon, such as in Austria, where a cardinal has insisted that the question of women in Church leadership positions remains open.