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Cardinal Gracias: The Covid situation in India is frightening and depressing

As India continues to struggle under a second wave of Covid-19 infections, organizations like Caritas are working around the clock to provide medical care to those affected.

Archbishop of Bombay (India)
“It seems to be, from the reports we get, Delhi's very bad. Deaths, lack of oxygen, lack of medicines. Here the Church also has gotten quite involved in Mumbai, in our hospitals and our social work agencies. It's very bad, but I'm hopeful. It's frightening, depressing, but I think we will be able to—the government will be able to control it soon.”

The country's Catholic bishops are inviting all Christians in India to observe a day of prayer and fasting on Friday, May 7.

Archbishop of Bombay (India)
“We also prepared a prayer service asking all churches, all convents, all religious institutions to pray to God for relief from this pandemic.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, the Catholic Church in India has put its hospitals and social services at the government's disposal.

Archbishop of Bombay (India)
Card. Gracias Interview // 04:30-04:49

“But the Church is small. We cannot reach out to everybody. Although we've got a network which covers all the country, we cannot reach everybody. And that's really an anxiety for us, really a big anxiety. But we try to do our best.”

The total number of reported Covid-19 cases in India surpasses 18 million. In the second half of April alone, about 300,000 daily new infections were reported.


Caritas India