With so many people left unemployed or in a precarious position because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Pope Francis launched a fund aimed specifically at helping people in Rome struggling economically in the wake of the crisis.
‘This fund is meant to be a sign that can urge people of goodwill to offer a concrete gesture of inclusion, especially toward those who are seeking comfort, hope and a recognition of their rights’ and dignity as workers, wrote the pope, who is the bishop of Rome.
The pope invited priests, citizens, institutions and organisations to donate to the fund, called ‘Gesu Divino Lavoratore’ (‘Jesus the Divine Worker’) and he announced he had made an initial allocation of 1 million euro to the Rome diocesan Caritas.
The project was announced on 9th June by the Vicariate of Rome.
Picture: A man walks past a coffee bar and cafeteria on the Via della Conciliazione near the Vatican on 9th June 2020. The sign in the window says, ‘Without government help, we cannot reopen. Thousands of employees at risk.’ (CNS photo/Cindy Wooden).