The head of the World Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has rolled out an economic stimulus plan of one point one million dollars to unemployed men and women with the country.
Naija News Understands that the holy pontiff gave out the 1 million euros donation to help those in the Diocese of Rome who are facing economic difficulty because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund, called “Jesus Divine Worker,” will be managed by the Roman branch of Caritas, the Catholic charity, the Diocese of Rome said in a Tuesday statement.
As well as the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics, the pope is also the Bishop of Rome, and he made the donation in that capacity. In a letter to Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, who effectively runs the Diocese of Rome on the pope’s behalf, Francis said the money should help needy people get back on their feet.
He mentioned people with casual, temporary jobs or with contracts that have not been renewed, interns, people with small businesses, domestic workers and the self-employed.
“Many of them are mothers and fathers who are struggling to bring food on the table for their children and ensure they have the bare minimum,” he wrote.
Francis urged public institutions, priests and ordinary people to also take part in charity efforts. “I appeal to the good heart of all the Romans,” he said.
The municipality of Rome and the region of Lazio, which includes the Italian capital city, responded by offering 500,000 euros for the new fund.