Pontiff’s charity earmarks 5-M Euros for priests and nuns in need

Published April 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Leslie Ann G. Aquino

The Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is providing 5 million euros in emergency funding to support priests and nuns serving communities most vulnerable to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

According to the international pontifical charity, the initiative will assist the religious who lost their basic subsistence, so that they may be able to continue to carry out their spiritual and social ministries, such as administering the sacraments, teaching the faith, caring for the sick and elderly, helping the poor and visiting prisoners.

“It is our wish that this aid, made possible thanks to our benefactors, will help ease the burden on our courageous religious, who stand on the front lines, bringing God’s love and compassion to our suffering brothers and sisters. Now more than ever, the Light and Hope of the Lord is needed,” said Thomas Heine-Geldern, ACN’s Executive President in a statement.
He said countless communities in developing countries are already impoverished and with limited resources often depend on the local Church for social services, including health care.

“We are united in prayer with the brave and dedicated priests and nuns who give their all to serve the world’s most vulnerable communities, and with all who are suffering around the world,” Heine-Geldern said.

“This is a drop in the bucket in terms of what is and will be needed, but the Church plays a particularly vital spiritual and pastoral role in the day-to-day life of the world’s poorest Christian communities, and we must help strengthen the safety net it provides. I am so thankful to our donors, who, often despite their own pain and hardship, are reaching out to their fellow faithful. It is a beautiful gesture, one that is helping to keep the faith alive,” he added.

The aid group said ACN’s funding will be a broad-spectrum intervention in the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa, through project support.

ACN has been serving the persecuted and suffering Church around the world.