COVID19 in Latin America at Heart of Prayer Vigil Organized by Sant’Egidio in Rome

July 16 2020

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Article on ZENIT, by Deborah Castellano Lubov

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To remember all the victims and the sick of coronavirus throughout Latin America. This was the intention of the prayer vigil organized by the Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio held at the Basilica of San Bartolomeo all’Isola of Rome, on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Many people from Latin America were present among the full church of socially distant and masked faithful.

This is not the first such prayer vigil the Community has organized to pray for virus victims nor for peace in this period. Recently, following the death of George Floyd in the United States and subsequent protests, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, led a prayer service at the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere.

ZENIT’s Senior Correspondent was present and she interviewed the American prelate, and spoke with President of the Community of Sant’Egidio, Marco Impagliazzo. Many ambassadors, officials, and faithful were present.

The American Continent, Sant’Egidio stressed in a statement, is very close to its heart, especially as their international community and outreach extends from Mexico to Peru, from Argentina to El Salvador (to mention only a few), where they live in concrete solidarity with the poor, bringing groceries, masks and sanitizer to prevent infection.

However, the situation in Latin America continues to be worrying. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there are now more than three million cases of COVID-19 on the continent. Of these, more than half concern Brazil, where the virus has killed nearly 75,000, according to official sources.