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Cardinal closes Office of Papal Charities, but leaves phone number for those who need help


The Vatican extended the measures being taken to avoid further diffusion of the coronavirus. It closed the Office of Papal Charities, officially in charge of helping the poor.

In these difficult moments, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, in charge of the Office of Papal Charities, has made his personal number public. Any requests for aid can be sent to him via email.

Rome adapts to government measures being taken to contain the pandemic. Public Masses have also been suspended in the heart of Christianity. That, however, is no excuse to stop praying.

MARÍA TERESA
Tourist
“Although it feels like the apocalypse, we come pray for our son who is in intensive care, suffering from a virus. It's not the coronavirus.”

MARÍA ISABEL
Tourist
“This is surreal. It's really unusual to think we can't enter into the Vatican, or go to Mass because everything is closed. The security measures are pretty strong.”

These measures taken by the Italian government include prohibiting people from leaving their homes without valid motives.

Daniel Díaz Vizzi
Translation: Claudia Torres