Pope Francis is launching a 1 million euro fund for Rome's unemployed after the corona virus – Bible Type

Pope Francis is launching a 1 million euro fund for Rome's unemployed after the corona virus

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As Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis launched a EUR 1 million (USD 1.1 million) fund to help those in the Diocese of Rome who are facing economic difficulties due to the corona virus.

In a letter to Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Rome's Vicar General, on June 8, Pope Francis said: “There are many fathers and mothers in a family who have difficulty setting the table for their children and guaranteeing that there will be Minimum required. "

"As Bishop of Rome, I decided to set up the" Jesus the Divine Worker "fund in the diocese to commemorate the dignity of work …" he said.

The 1 million euros will go to the charity of the diocese of Rome, Caritas, to help those who are economically most affected by the corona virus and the measures to control its spread. In particular, the Pope said, the fund is intended for those who are likely to be excluded from institutional sources of support.

In his letter, Pope Francis said that he wanted Rome's return to "normality" after the coronavirus pandemic to be characterized by "a work that unites us, especially when it comes to coping with the suffering of the most marginalized people ".

"The church in our city is present and supports the weak with their charity and is ready to work with the city's institutions and with all social and economic realities," he said.

The Pope said he was very concerned to protect the dignity of those most affected by the pandemic. He particularly referred to seasonal, day and hourly workers, people with short-term contracts, interns, domestic workers, small business owners and the self-employed.

Before the pandemic, the unemployment rate in Italy was just under 10%. In March and April, the number of jobs in Italy decreased by 400,000, and at the end of April, 4.7 million people applied for the country's COVID-19 bonus, a grant of 600 euros per month for self-employed Italians suffering from the corona virus, according to ANSA have lost their source of income.

"In addition to sowing sadness and sorrow, this period of suffering in which we live because of the pandemic is seriously weakening the social fabric of our city," stressed the Pope.

"We see a lot of people asking for help, and it seems that" the five loaves and two fish "are not enough. Still, I am happy to see the signs of life of our church in Rome and throughout the city."

He encouraged the Romans to give something to the new fund and to share it generously with their neighbors, not just because of their "excess", and added that he would like to see the city grow in "solidarity from next door".

He also invited the priests of the diocese of Rome to be the first to participate and to be enthusiastic supporters of sharing in their congregations.

“May the Lord bless our diocesan community and the whole city. I rely on all the strength, comfort and protection of Mary Salus Populi Romani, ”he wrote when he closed his letter.

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