Pope Francis has contributed US $ 750,000 to the emergency fund he set up to help people who have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. He exhorted Church organization to contribute to this fund through the Pontifical Mission Societies in each country.
The proceeds from this Emergency Fund will be used to help in mission countries.
Church educates more than 19 million children
Cardinal Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, welcomes the announcement: “In her task of evangelization, the Church is often on the front lines of major threats to human well-being.”
The Cardinal said that in Africa there are over 74,000 religious sisters and over 46,000 priests operating 7,274 hospitals and clinics, 2,346 homes for the elderly and the vulnerable, and educating over 19 million children in 45,088 primary schools.
Archbishop Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies, said that this fund will be supporting the work of the Church in mission territories; work which was negatively impacted by Corona Virus. He added that this fund should be a sign of solidarity between peoples so that no one would feel that one is alone.
“While so many are suffering, we remember and reach out to those who may have no one to care for them, thus showing forth the love of God the Father”, said Archbishop Dal Toso.
The Church through the Pontifical Mission Society helps more than 1,110 dioceses mostly in Asia, Africa, Oceania and part of the Amazon region.
Contributions can be made also to: IT84F0200805075000102456047 (SWIFT UNCRITMM) for: Amministrazione Pontificie Opere Missionarie, indicating: Fund Corona-Virus.