- Sep 18, 2020
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.
In a new letter dated Friday morning, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis said he’d met with Francis, who urged him to look beyond healthcare considerations in closing the churches of Rome to consider the risk that “people will feel even more isolated” if they can’t even go to church to pray.
Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Pope Francis’s Vicar for Rome, issued a statement Thursday night indicating that as part of the effort to resist transmission of the coronavirus, all churches in Rome, whether used as a parish or not, will be closed until at least April 3.
Pope Francis entrusted to Jesus’ mother the suffering and anguish of millions of people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Pope Francis obviously likes what he sees in Archbishop Angelo De Donatis, his Vicar of Rome, who was tapped by Francis to present his new apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” to the world.
Archbishop Angelo De Donatis said in a Monday news conference that Pope Francis’s new apostolic exhortation ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’ is an answer to the question, “Where are we going? What’s the goal?”