Holy See allocates € 3 million to the fight against Ebola

Vatican City (Wednesday, 01/07/2015, Gaudium Press) The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace issued the document “The response of the Catholic Church to the emergence of Ebola”, which makes important considerations on the action of the Catholic Church against this scourge that affects particularly African nations.

The Holy See expresses deep appreciation to the local Churches of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for their quick and effective response to the crisis caused by the spread of the disease, and encourages them to increase their efforts by providing a contribution of 3 million Euros.

These funds will be used primarily to strengthen the structures of the Church that fight Ebola in the most affected African nations, boost community initiatives and pastoral care of patients and health professionals. These monies are then used in the procurement of medical supplies staples, in transporting sick, in the care of people living in areas quarantined, seeking to restrict and bring to an end the spread of the disease and help families with orphaned children, among other objectives.

The Holy See expressed in the document the hope that other benefactors, whether private or public, will join the financial effort to combat the disease.

Educational work:

The document also specifies that the Church will work to the formation of priests, religious and laity people who work in the pastoral area, to prepare them to better face all the challenges that Ebola decease brings about. The Holy See will give great importance to the intervention in parishes; being parishes a crucial base in combating the effects of Ebola.

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With information from Avvenire

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