Filoni said: "It is an act of generosity, an act of charity to the families which have no other income, and we know that Christian families sometimes are poorer, so answering to them is a question also of sharing with them their concerns and taking on our shoulders also a little bit of their heavy situation."
The cardinal, who was appointed Grand Master in December 2019, explained that the money raised would help not only families, but also students at Church-run schools.
"We have almost 40 schools, secondary schools and universities too. In these schools, of course, everything was closed, blocked, but you have to pay the teachers and those who are linked to the schools," he said.
According to a May 14 article on the website of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the new fund will enable 38 institutions in the Palestinian territories and Jordan, with more than 1,300 staff and 15,000 students, to keep operating.
Filoni, a veteran Vatican diplomat who led the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples from 2011 to 2019, said the fund benefited not only Christians, but also other religious groups.
"So, in some way we have also an open vision, not only for the Catholics -- especially for them but not only -- and we are glad to share with them, in this difficult moment, to share with them our generosity," he said.