- Jul 9, 2020
One nun has said that strict lockdowns and inflated prices due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic are pushing some religious communities in Africa to point of hunger, as they cannot afford enough food for themselves and those whom they serve.
In his message for the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said fears over the financial fallout of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic should prompt greater sympathy for the poor, insisting that no political or economic recovery is possible without a stronger sense of solidarity.
Since the COVID-19 coronavirus came to Argentina, the priest who employs her, Father Juan Isasmendi, has gone from serving 350 meals a day to 7,000, feeding residents of a poor Buenos Aires neighborhood where economic activity has all but stopped due to strict anti-virus measures.
This year the Franciscan friars in Assisi have decided to give the proceeds from an annual fundraiser to people in financial difficulty due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, including a high number of young people now unemployed.
As the Catholic Church and governments around the world are exploring different solutions to the fallout of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, one Vatican official has said the ecclesial priority will be assisting those impacted by new forms of poverty due to unemployment.