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Pope Francis Gives Papal Almoner 30 Ventilators to Distribute to Hospitals

Will Go to Areas Worst Hit by COVID19

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.”

About 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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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