"Afternoon Tea" to honor the contribution of the Churh in fighting COVID 19
An event organized on June 16 by the British Embassy to the Holy See.
The meeting took place mostly online, Ambassador Sally Axworthy, in fact, personally met, always respecting the security protocols and social distancing, only Fr Arturo Sosa and Br Emili Turú (USG
President and Secretary), Sr Jolanta Kafka and Sr Pat Murray (UISG President and Secretary) and the Secretary for Relations with States, SE Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, but remotely there were more than 100 people connetted.
There are five male Congregations, which have been recognized for their commitment on the COVID front: Hospitaler Order of Saint John of God, Camillians, Guanellians, Saint Joseph Benedict Cottolengo and Don Orione, each of these has had at least 2 of their structures particularly active both in central and northern Italy.
Our President, Fr Arturo Sosa, in his brief speech thanked with these words on behalf of everyone: "We learned that care for each one of us and for our communities is linked inseparably to care for others, care for society, care for the environment....
Congregations whose charism is tied to caring for the sick did not hesitate to stay on the front line caring for their patients...
We are aware that the pandemic has not finished and that our commitment must go farther ...Religious life is called to care for the present and the future of humanity...
In the name of Consecrated Life, I sincerely thank the Embassy of the United Kingdom for this gesture that takes advantage of the celebration of the national holiday to help the world to come to a deeper understanding of the challenges of the present, looking toward the future, grateful to all who care for others."