A Catholic diocese in China’s Shaanxi province has donated thousands of face masks to communities in the Vatican and Italy to help them fight the coronavirus.
Ucanews.com reported Xi’an Diocese has donated 24,000 disposable medical masks to the Vatican and religious communities and dioceses in Italy such as Milan and Bologna.
“When mainland China experienced the epidemic, the Holy See and the Italian Church group helped by sending medical masks. We have now effectively contained the virus, but Italy is now suffering. It is our turn to help them,” Fr Chen Ruixue of Xi’an told ucanews.com.
The coronavirus, he said, “is the public enemy of humanity. Only when all people work together to fight the disease can we overcome the pandemic.”
The virus was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December, slowly spreading across the globe.
In China, the “people’s economic life is returning to normal” as the infections have come down, Fr Chen said.
Picture: A woman wearing a protective face mask crosses an empty street during the outbreak of coronavirus in Milan on 15th March 2020. China’s Xi’an Diocese has donated 24,000 disposable medical masks to the Vatican and religious communities and dioceses in Italy such as Milan and Bologna. (CNS photo/Daniele Mascolo, Reuters).