Pope Francis has donated one million euros (1. 1million dollars) for a new charity fund in order cushion the effect the COVID-19 economic crisis on targeted people in Rome.
The Diocese of Rome said in a statement on Tuesday , that the fund ,called “Jesus Divine Worker,” will be managed by the Roman branch of Caritas, the Catholic charity.
Francis said in a letter to Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, who effectively runs the Diocese of Rome on the pope’s behalf that he money should help needy people get back on their feet.
He mentioned people with casual, temporary jobs or with contracts that have not been renewed, interns, people with small businesses, domestic workers and the self-employed.
“Many of them are mothers and fathers who are struggling to bring food on the table for their children and ensure they have the bare minimum,” he wrote.
Francis implored public institutions, priests and capable ordinary people to also take part in charity efforts as he said, “I appeal to the good heart of all the Romans.”
The municipality of Rome and the region of Lazio, which includes the Italian capital city, responded by each offering 500,000 euros for the new fund.
Personally affected by the epidemic as he tested positive in late March and was hospitalized for more than 10 days, De Donatis said he was “deeply grateful” to the pope for his kind gesture.
Pope Francis is the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics, also the Bishop of Rome, and he made the donation in that capacity.
Reportes by: Fatimah Oyesanmi