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INDIA Pope Francis close to Indian people afflicted by COVID-19 emergency


The Pope sends a message to Card Gracias expressing “solidarity and spiritual closeness”. He writes that he prays for the healing and consolation of those affected by the pandemic and thanks the Catholic community for its work of “charity and fraternal solidarity”. Italy sends an oxygen plant for 100 beds to a hospital in Noida.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis has sent a message to Card Oswald Gracias, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, as a sign of fellowship with the Indian people.

The pontiff said: “In this period when so many people in India are suffering because of the current health emergency, I am writing to you to express my sincere solidarity and my spiritual closeness to all the Indian people“.

In the message, the Holy Father goes on to say that he prays “that God will grant healing and consolation to all those affected by this serious pandemic”.

The Pope’s thoughts are addressed “to all the sick and their families, to those who care for them, and in particular to those who mourn the loss of their loved ones”.

Likewise, François mentions “the many doctors, nurses, hospital staff, ambulance drivers and those who work tirelessly”.

To the Catholic community, he expresses his “gratitude for the[ir] work of charity and fraternal solidarity ”quoting the faithful as well as the priests and men and women religious who have lost their lives.

In conclusion, the pontiff writes: “In these days of immense sorrow, may we all be comforted by the hope born of Easter and our unshakeable faith in Christ’s promise of resurrection and new life. To all of you, I send my blessing.

Meanwhile, for the second time in a week, the number of new coronavirus cases in India has exceeded 400,000 in a single day. The latest figures actually mark a new record. In the past 24 hours, 412,262 people have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with 3,980 deaths for a total death toll since the start of the pandemic of 230,168.

Among the countries that responded to India’s request for assistance, Italy provided an oxygen plant to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Hospital (ITBP) in Noida, Uttar Pradesh .

The factory, which arrived a few days ago and installed in a record time of 48 hours, will provide oxygen to around 100 beds in the medical center, which mainly accommodates personnel from various police and paramilitary organizations, their families, veterans of those forces which operate under the command of the Union Ministry of the Interior.

At today’s groundbreaking ceremony, Italian Ambassador Vincenzo De Luca turned on the factory and thanked the Indian government for the help provided to 17 Italian citizens currently in India who have tested positive for the virus and needed care.


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