Vatican City, Apr 6, 2020 / 06:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis has created an emergency fund for those affected by coronavirus in mission countries.
The pope has earmarked $750,000 for the fund, Agenzia Fides reported April 6.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples, said the pope was seeking to mobilize “the Church’s entire vast network to face the challenges ahead”.
“In her task of evangelization, the Church is often on the front lines of major threats to human well-being,” he said.
“In Africa alone, there are over 74,000 religious sisters and over 46,000 priests operating 7,274 hospitals and clinics, 2,346 homes for elderly and the vulnerable, and educating over 19 million children in 45,088 primary schools. In many rural areas they are the only providers of healthcare and education.”