Vatican City, Apr 18, 2020 / 07:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
A Vatican Congregation has announced that it is sending medical supplies to Syria and the Holy Land as the coronavirus spreads across the Middle East.
The Congregation for the Oriental Churches said April 18 it was donating 10 ventilators to Syria and three to St Joseph’s Hospital in Jerusalem, as well as diagnostic kits to Gaza and funds to the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem.
The Congregation explained that the donations would be made in the name of Pope Francis through a new emergency fund called Fondo Emergenza CEC.
In a statement issued Saturday, the Congregation, which is responsible for relations between the Vatican and the 23 Eastern Churches in communion with Rome, said it had created the fund in response to the pope’s appeal to care for the poor affected by COVID-19.
The Congregation noted that it was making the announcement as many Eastern Christians prepare to celebrate Easter and Latin-rite Catholics mark Divine Mercy Sunday.