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Pope Francis Donates Medical Equipment to Armenia

Pope Francis expresses his affection for the people of Armenia with a gift of medical equipment, including a new ambulance.

On Sunday, April 25, Archbishop Jose Bettencourt, Apostolic Nuncio in Armenia, delivered a gift from Pope Francis for the Catholic “Redemptoris Mater” Hospital in the town of Ashotsk.

According to a statement from the Holy See Press Office, the gift consisted of a new ambulance equipped with the latest mobile medical equipment and emergency respirators to assist patients with COVID-19.

The country’s Catholic Health Directorate also purchased additional medical equipment to test and treat COVID-19 patients for the hospital. (Read: Pope Sends Respirators to COVID-Struck Colombia)

This comes after a third wave of coronavirus infections arose in Armenia in the past weeks.

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A new ambulance equipped with medical equipment for the treatment of patients with Covid-19 was presented. (Photo from Catholic.ge)

Gesture of Mercy

Several Vatican organizations joined forces to facilitate the arrival of Pope Francis’ gift. (Read: Vatican Begins Mass Vaccination for the Homeless)

The Good Samaritan Foundation, a humanitarian agency that is part of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, as well as the Apostolic Nunciature in Armenia, took part in the gesture of mercy.

The Pope’s gift came a day after the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, which recalls the brutal murder of countless Armenian Christians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

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People hold photographs of Armenian writers and artists who were among the Armenian intellectuals arrested for deportation by Ottoman forces in 1915 at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia, on April 24, 2015. (Photo from Kirill Kudryavtsev/Afp/Getty Images/Foreign Policy)

Redemptoris Mater Hospital

The “Redemptoris Mater” hospital, to which Pope Francis sent his gifts, is a medical facility in Ashotsk that is run by the Fathers of St. Camillus de Lellis. It provides heavily subsidized healthcare for those in need, and offers its services free of charge for those who cannot pay.

The Camillians have been caring for people in the Southern Caucasus region for over 25 years. (Checklist: What You Need At Home When Caring For COVID-19 Patients)


Text by Devin Watkins of Vatican News.

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