Forced to recite Holy Week masses on his own because of the coronavirus emergency, Pope francesco has decided to ask the cardinals absent from making their presence felt in any other way, that is by offering sums of money to be allocated to the health emergency in Italy. Once again the Pope's initiative comes through the Vatican charity presided over by Cardinal Konrad Krajewski. As explained in a note from the same Apostolic Alms Giving, in fact, a message signed by the Beggar was sent to the prelates, inviting all the relatives to solidarity in this difficult moment to “participate in the sufferings of those in trial”.
The Pope will decide the destination of the offerings collected
The appeal is addressed to all the Cardinals, the Archbishops, the Bishops and the Prelates they make up the Papal Chapel that is, to all the ecclesiastical superiors of the Roman Curia, that is to say the approximately 250 heads of dicasteries, secretaries and other prelates. “Because of the pandemic from Covid-19, the liturgical celebrations presided over by the Holy Father in Holy Week will be lived without the presence of those who, in accordance with the Motu Proprio Pontificalis Domus, make up the Pontifical Chapel”, says Elemosineria in a note released by Holy See Press Room. For this reason, the almsgiver asks all the prelates “to be united intimately and in a special way with the Pope, Bishop of Rome who presides over the universal communion of charity, through an offer”. “The The Holy Father will then decide on the destination of almsgiving collection for the health emergency “, states the message.
Pope Francis has already donated 60 thousand euros
It is not the first economic intervention of the Pope through Vatican Almsgiving in this coronavirus emergency. The last episode just a few days ago when the Pope gave a mandate to donate 60 thousand euros at the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo, one of the frontline structures in the Coronavirus emergency. In that case, the money went through the Lombard diocese to get to the general manager of the Bergamo hospital.