The Italian bishops’ conference has distributed another 10 million euros to the dioceses in northern Italy hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The money will be used for emergency aid to individuals and families struggling financially, to support organisations and institutions that are working to combat the pandemic and its effects and to help parishes and other Church entities in difficulty, said a statement from the bishops’ conference.
The funds were distributed in early June and must be used by the end of the year, the statement said. A detailed report on how the funds were spent must be submitted to the bishops’ conference by 28th February 2021.
The additional distribution of funds to dioceses in what the Italian government had defined as “red or orange zones” for their high levels of Covid-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths brought the total emergency aid provided by the bishops’ conference to almost 240 million euros.
Picture: Medical staffers are seen in a file photo caring for a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Pope John XXIII hospital in Bergamo, Italy, on 12th May 2020. (CNS photo/Flavio Lo Scalzo, Reuters).