The complex crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic did not prevent the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Populorum Progressio Foundation, held on July 29-30, 2020 in telematic mode, during which, in addition to analyzing the consequences caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the Latin American and Caribbean region, 138 of the numerous social development projects presented were selected, focusing mainly on those aimed at helping to mitigate its effects in the short and medium-term, developed by the communities and regions most in need.

In addition to these, another 30 food aid projects, already in operation, were approved by the Board of Directors in June, in response to a request by Pope Francis, in virtue of the collaboration between the Foundation and the Vatican Commission COVID-19, established by the Pontiff in the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, in collaboration with other Dicasteries of the Roman Curia and other agencies, in order to express the Church’s concern and love for the entire human family in the face of this pandemic. Consequently, the total is 168 projects involving 23 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The meeting was chaired by Bishop Javier del Rio Alba, Archbishop of Arequipa, Peru, as president of the Board of Directors. Fr. Luis Ferney López and the operative team of the Secretariat assured the perfect development of the meeting.

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