Even If Office of Papal Charities Closing to Public, Papal Almoner Gives Cell Phone for Emergencies & Needs

The Office of Papal Charities Issues Statement on Steps to Prevent Spread of COVID 19

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In special or urgent cases, call the papal almoner directly…

This is the complete availability that Polish cardinal leading the Office of Papal Charities, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, gave in a statement from his office, which was published by the Holy See Press Office yesterday, March 13.

«The offices of papal charities will be temporarily closed to the public from Saturday, March 14, 2020,» it began.

«The parchments with the Apostolic Blessing can always be requested
online,» it continued, «on the website www.elemosineria.va and will be sent normally with express courier DHL.»

Withdrawing, in person, it clarified, will not be possible.

«People in need,» it concluded, «can leave their letters in the appropriate P.O. Box of the Office of Papal Charities at the Entrance of Saint Anna.

«In special or urgent cases,» it said, «call the papal almoner directly, at 348 1300123.»

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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