Harare, 18 April, 2020 / 2:29 am (ACI Africa).
The Apostolic Nuncio in the Southern Africa nation of Zimbabwe has responded to an appeal made by the Catholic Bishops in the country for assistance in the fight against COVID-19, donating medical supplies and cash amounting to US$30,000.00.
“As an expression of Pope Francis’ proximity in the context of the Covid-19 emergency, the Apostolic Nunciature has purchased medical supplies equivalent to the amount of US$20,000.00,” Archbishop Paolo Rudelli who was appointed to represent the Holy Father in Zimbabwe in January stated in his message about the donation.
Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe made an appeal for assistance through the Health Commission of their national conference.
The country has reported at least 24 cases of COVID-19; two people have recovered and three have died, including 30-year-old Zokoro Makamba, a journalist.
In his statement, Archbishop Rudelli announced, “The materials will be delivered, in the coming days, to the Episcopal Health Commission, together with US$10,000.00 in cash, as a contribution to the appeal for assistance launched by the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) towards support for its mission health initiatives.”