Vatican City, Apr 3, 2020 / 13:00 pm
Cardinal Peter Turkson visited Rome's largest hospital on Friday, encouraging staff and handing out rosaries blessed by Pope Francis.
"I bring you the pope's embrace. You are not alone in the fight against the coronavirus!" Turkson, who is prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, told hospital staff and chaplains April 3, according to a press release.
The cardinal, who was accompanied by the two undersecretaries of the dicastery, met with staff and told them he was bringing the greeting of Pope Francis to all of the coronavirus patients and their families.
The three Vatican officials also handed out rosaries blessed by Pope Francis and assured hospital personnel of "the prayer and support of the Church in this difficult moment of struggle against the pandemic and of physical and spiritual trial," the release stated.