In recent weeks we have received some news about the pandemic caused by COVID-19. From the Iberian Province of Discalced Carmelites, the sad news arrived of the death of four religious because of the virus. There are reports of friars and nuns being infected and having to go to hospital. We entrust them to our prayers. Some monasteries have had to undergo periods of isolation, which they have completed. The Discalced Carmelite community of friars in Adro, Italy, has passed a quarantine period. Countless are the reports of material help given by our communities of friars and nuns to people in need. So, in Paraguay, our religious have turned to helping the poor through “popular pots”, which allow the poor to enjoy at least a daily amount of nourishment.
We pray for the friars and nuns who have been infected and we appreciate the witness of Christian charity and service to the community offered by our brothers and sisters in various ways, as they are able.