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Pontifical Mission Societies

Pope Francis creates COVID19 Fund for the Missions

On Monday, April 6, 2020, Pope Francis “established an emergency fund at the Pontifical Mission Societies.” This fund is set up to “come to the aid of those people and communities who are being tragically impacted by the spread of COVID-19.” Donations will go directly to mission countries through established Church healthcare systems.


Pope Francis has asked those wishing to help the Church in the missions to confront the pandemic to channel their funds through the Pontifical Mission Societies. He made the first contribution of $750,000 to the new fund.  The Holy Father appeals to all “Church entities” and individuals who “are able and desirous to help to contribute to this fund through the Pontifical Mission Societies in each country”.  Please DONATE NOW if you are able.

Cardinal Luis Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, which oversees the Pontifical Mission Societies, said, “In her task of evangelization, the Church is often on the front lines of major threats to human well-being. In Africa alone, there are over 74,000 religious sisters and over 46,000 priests operating 7,274 hospitals and clinics, 2,346 homes for elderly and the vulnerable, and educating over 19 million children in 45,088 primary schools. In many rural areas they are the only providers of healthcare and education. The Holy Father is calling upon the Church’s entire vast network to face the challenges ahead.”

Pray daily and become a sustaining member of our Societies!

In an earlier video, the Holy Father appeals to all Catholics to support the official mission agencies of the Church – The Pontifical Mission Societies – prayerfully and financially. Help us support missionaries in their vital work of solidarity with the poor and marginalized of the world.