One of the families receiving a food parcel from the Church to help them during the coronavirus pandemic.(©Aid to the Church in Need).
As COVID-19 runs rampant across Brazil, claiming more than 200,000 lives – the second highest number of deaths from the disease in the world – the Church has intensified its work helping those worst hit by the virus.

Priests, Sisters and laity have faced challenges supporting the most vulnerable in a country estimated to have more than 7 million cases.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many parishes in Brazil have been providing poor families with a daily meal. But, with the Church’s income having fallen by 60 percent because there are no Mass collections and money fast running out, ACN answered their urgent appeal for help.

Aid to the Church in Need has also responded to the immense needs elsewhere in Latin America by offering vital support, including to: Carmelites in Colombia and Venezuela, the Missionaries of Jesus, Word and Victim in Bolivia, Franciscans in Peru and the Daughters of Mary in Paraguay.

Brazil’s Father Francisco Danízio Silva said:
 “You, the benefactors of ACN, have helped us greatly. During this time, your support is directly linked to the help we can give to these brothers and sisters of ours who need so much… who need our compassion, our attention and our loving support as well.
May we never forget that helping our neighbour is one of the most effective ways of imitating our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.”
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