Continuing a phased reopening, the Vatican’s free pediatric and maternal health clinic began welcoming patients again on 3rd June and, as an expression of gratitude, the Vatican announced all medical personnel would enjoy free admittance to the Vatican Museums and to the papal summer villa at Castel Gandolfo.
The Vatican Museums and Vatican Apostolic Archives reopened on 1st June. The museum and gardens at Castel Gandolfo are set to open on 6th June.
The St Martha pediatric clinic, operated by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul and staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses, resumed its mission of serving pregnant women and children at no charge; most of those who use the clinic are immigrants and refugees who do not have access to the Italian health service.
In a statement on 3rd June, the office governing Vatican City State, which includes responsibility for the museum and the papal villa at Castel Gandolfo, said it wanted to show gratitude for the work that doctors, nurses, lab technicians and other staff at health care facilities throughout Italy provided during the worst part of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Picture: Pope Francis is seen in a file photo visiting the Santa Marta pediatric clinic at the Vatican. The clinic is operated by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul and staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters).