The Vatican supermarket is supporting persons affected by the earthquake in Central Italy by selling fresh products of farmers of the region, in particular, the small town of Amatrice, which was the most affected by the earthquake on August 24, 2016, reported Vatican Radio in English.
The Vatican supermarket can be used by employees, retirees and others affiliated with the Vatican, who are provided with a special card giving them access, recalls the same source.
Immediately after the earthquake, Pope Francis sent members of the Vatican Fire Department, gendarmes of the Vatican and of the Swiss Guards, to aid in rescue efforts. Medical personnel working at the Vatican also volunteered to help. The Vatican Museums assured the restoration of damaged works of art.
The Pope himself went to the villages affected by the quake on October 4, 2016.
The number of victims of the August 2016 quake rose to 299. Dozens of others lost their life in the tremors that followed. After-shocks continue to be felt. And some experts estimate that the avalanche on a hotel of Farindola on January 18, 2017, which resulted in 29 victims, could have been caused by the tremors whose epicenter was just 40 kilometers away.