Santiago (Agenzia Fides) - Latin America is going through the worst health emergency. The cases of COVID-19 are increasing in almost all the countries of the American continent.
The Episcopal Conference of Chile, as a way to help and show solidarity with people affected by COVID-19, patients, relatives and health personnel, has created the "Covid-19 Spiritual Accompaniment Service", with the intention of helping to alleviate, the suffering, loneliness, anguish and the fear that all those affected feel daily.
The note sent to Fides by the diocese of Valparaiso, reports that this diocese has also created, through the diocesan pastoral care of health, the "COVID-19 Accompaniment" program, with the slogan "In Valparaíso, nobody saves themselves alone".
This diocese Covid-19 spiritual accompaniment service, due to the security measures and restrictions that the authorities have recommended, will be carried out in the following ways:
1. Every Tuesday the Holy "Pandemic Mass" will be celebrated
2. Telephone numbers and WhatsApp have been activated where those interested in spiritual accompaniment can quickly call and receive an answer to their concerns
The committed team is composed of a priest, a deacon, a group of religious and a group of lay people.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Chile has risen to 57,600 with nearly 600 deaths since the health emergency began.
Yesterday, protests and clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement agencies took place in popular neighborhoods.
The protest is for not having received aid from the State and according to the local press, the police used excessive force. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 22/05/2020)