Since its emergence at the end of 2019, the COVID-19 coronavirus has swept across the world and reached pandemic proportions. Life has stopped in many countries as borders close and all but essential services shut down. Thousands have died and tens of thousands have been infected in dozens of countries.
For Caritas, the emergency is an urgent call for solidarity with the most vulnerable members of our society, the ones who are most affected by this global emergency. It is a call to work in communion while ensuring people are aware of the dangers and how to take precautions. Caritas organisations are trying to keep on as many services as possible in the face of mass disruption. Volunteers and staff are working hard to provide stability in the face of uncertainty.
COVID-19 is a reminder that whatever the future, we can only get through this together and by accompanying the most vulnerable. One Caritas worker said that this is a time for an “intertwined net of responsibility” where each of us understands how we can help others.
“…We can believe in the love of the people we have around us, and there we can find hope”
– Pope Francis on COVID-19
Pope Francis has given €100,000 to help support Caritas Italy’s effort to ensure the poor and vulnerable are accompanied at this difficult time while taking the necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.