Pope Francis Gives Papal Almoner 30 Ventilators to Distribute to Hospitals

Will Go to Areas Worst Hit by COVID19

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As many Italian hospitals lack the equipment to save people infected with COVID19, Pope Francis has given the Papal Almoner 30 ventilators to distribute where needed.

This decision was announced yesterday, March 26, 2020, in an evening statement from the Office of Papal Charities.

“In the afternoon today,” the brief statement reads, “the Holy Father has entrusted 30 ventilators purchased in recent days to the Papal Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, to give to Italian hospital structures in the areas most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

“Such structures,” it concluded, “will be identified in the coming days.”

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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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