Vatican City, Apr 9, 2020 / 06:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Vatican has thanked Chinese organizations for donating medical supplies to help it combat the coronavirus.
The Holy See press office said April 9 that the Vatican Pharmacy had received donations from Chinese groups including the Red Cross Society of China and the Jinde Charities Foundation of Hebei Province.
The press office hailed the gifts as "an expression of the solidarity of the Chinese people and Catholic communities with those involved in the relief of those affected by COVID-19 and the prevention of the current coronavirus epidemic."
It continued: "The Holy See appreciates this generous gesture and expresses its gratitude to the bishops, the Catholic faithful, the institutions and all other Chinese citizens for this humanitarian initiative, assuring them of the esteem and prayers of the Holy Father."
In February, the Vatican announced that it had sent thousands of face masks to China to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. It had donated between 600,000 to 700,000 masks to the Chinese provinces of Hubei, Zhejiang, and Fujian since Jan. 27, the Global Times, a Chinese state-run news outlet, reported Feb. 3.