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.
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.