Pope Francis called on Sunday for global solidarity in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout, urging the relaxation of international sanctions, debt relief for poor nations and ceasefires in all conflicts.
Radio Veritas Asia, through the initiative of its Mandarin Service, was able to distribute food packs that include rice and canned goods, to poor communities in the Philippine capital. Most of the donations came from the Diocese of Wenzhou, while others came from Catholics in Guangzhou, Tianjin and Fujian, and from priests, nuns and parishioners in China. At least 4,000 families in urban poor communities across Manila benefitted from the relief distribution project of Radio Veritas Asia.
The Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC) has announced that it will postpone its general conference set in November this year at Baan Phu Waan, Thailand, to a later date due to the new coronavirus pandemic.