Pope Francis prayed Tuesday for all those who do not have homes to go to during the coronavirus pandemic, that people may be aware of this reality and that the Church will welcome them.
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“Let us pray today for those who are homeless, at this moment when we are asked to be inside the house, so that society will become aware of this reality and help, and the Church welcome them.”
In other parts of the world Bishops are stepping in to alleviate the suffering of the poor.
“I have decided to open up our seminary for the homeless while our seminarians are gone due to the
restrictions,” said Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki. “We want to offer warm meals
and access to restrooms and showers to those who have nobody to turn to these
days in Corona .” Cologne
Those who live on the streets or in shelters are at a high risk of catching any disease, especially one as virulent as the coronavirus.
Bishop Terence Drainey of
on Catholics “to keep the poor, vulnerable, and isolated members of our community
at the forefront of our minds at this difficult time”. Middlesbrough,
He offers concrete guidelines and advice about how to care for neighbors and those in need during the pandemic.
Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, of the Archdiocese of Sao Paulo,, has offered the city a community center, House of Prayer, to lodge homeless who get the coronavirus.
The House of Prayer "is already used for activities with the city's homeless population and also provide meals. "It is not a hospital, so it needs to be adapted, with beds, etc., but it is a viable place to put those who have nowhere to go," he added. Church officials said the home would be able to accommodate 50 hospital beds.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the need to help the homeless and poor is increasing, and Catholic charities are working overtime. Their work is an example to the world of how we can put the Gospel into action as missionaries.
People ask us how they can help us, but we are not in need here in our small isolated paradise. I tell them find a way to help those who are desperate. Call your local Catholic charity and make a donation- no matter how small. It will buy food and shelter for those in greatest need.
Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? James 2:15-16