Nairobi, 10 April, 2020 / 5:05 am (ACI Africa).
Priests and nuns ministering among those considered vulnerable to COVID-19 in various parts of the world including Africa stand to benefit from a €5M (US$5.43 million) grant that Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International has set aside, the Germany-based Catholic organization has announced.
“In the face of increased social distress worldwide due to COVID-19, this vital initiative will assist religious who lost their basic subsistence,” ACN International stated in a Press Release Thursday, April 9 referencing the provision of a financial subsidy of at least US$5 million “to priests and nuns caring for the most vulnerable communities around the world.”
The grant, which will be channeled through support of specific projects across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, is expected to help Priests and nuns “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.”
In Africa, at least 11,878 people across 52 countries have tested positive for COVID-19; 608 people have lost their lives and more than 1,548 have recovered.
According to ACN’s Executive President Thomas Heine-Geldern, the financial aid that is sourced from 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.”