“The pandemic has exposed the difficult situation for the poor and the great inequality that reigns in the world,” Pope Francis recalled at the general audience on 19 August, “the virus, which does not make exceptions between people, has revealed great inequalities and discrimination along its devastating path… and has increased them!”.
To respond to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic that are not only of a health nature, but the Pope has also set up an Emergency Fund at the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) which for several months has been responding to requests made by dioceses of the missionary world, marked by poverty and inequalities that have worsened in this period. The latest aid was sent to various ecclesiastical circumscriptions in Africa and Latin America, reported Fides News Agency.
In Rwanda, where the consequences of the long fratricidal war that make the work of evangelization difficult, there are four dioceses to which the Emergency Fund of the PMS has sent the requested aid, which will be used by the parishes above all to purchase medical supplies and prevention necessary to equip places of worship and thus allow the resumption of celebrations in safety. The particular Churches of Gikongoro, Cyangugu, Kigali, and Nyundo have been severely tested by the pandemic, both at a pastoral and economic level. Although the commitment to make the laity co-responsible for the mission of the Church has borne good fruit also with regard to material needs. Unfortunately, the coffers of the parishes are now empty. The suspension of celebrations and the administration of the sacraments, the interruption of catechism classes, and group activities, as well as the loss of work for many, have in fact made it impossible to collect donations and financial contributions from the faithful.