- Apr 22, 2021
In an effort to provide immediate shelter and aid to people living on the street in Rome while also trying to curb the spread of coronavirus, the diocesan Caritas and the Italian Red Cross have started operating a testing and temporary holding center for new arrivals before they go on to regular shelters.
The charity serving more than 5 million people in the Milan archdiocese, Caritas Ambrosiana, says the pandemic is revealing for the first time the depths of economic insecurity in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, which generates 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
Cheese, prosthetics and hydrogen generators for cars are some of the products local activists are proposing for the possible conversion of an arms factory in Italy’s southern Sardinia region if a government ban on bomb exports to Saudi Arabia continues.
A Caritas shelter located in Rome’s Termini train station suspended activities after nearly half of its residents tested positive for COVID-19.
Staff at the Pope John XXIII hospital in Bergamo — once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy — announced they had no more patients with coronavirus in their intensive care unit.
In Italy, Church leaders at both the national and local levels are knee-deep in conceiving a plan of action for the so-called “phase 2” of recovery from the COVID-19 coronavirus will look like, including the Vatican, with specific focus on restarting regular liturgical life and fighting poverty.
As Italian authorities continue to grapple with what’s so far the biggest outbreak of coronavirus outside of Asia, Catholic aid workers continue tending to the poorest, without losing their sense of humor.
While millions of tourists throw a coin over their shoulder into Rome’s Trevi Fountain hoping to return to Rome one day, the money scooped out of the fountain each week offers more concrete hope to the city’s poor.