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Pope Francis donates medical equipment to Armenia

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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.

By Devin Watkins

The Pope’s representative in Armenia, Archbishop Jose Bettencourt, delivered a concrete sign of the Holy Father’s care and concern on Sunday.

The Apostolic Nuncio blessed a gift from Pope Francis for the Catholic “Redemptoris Mater” Hospital in the northern Armenian town of Ashotsk.

Covid-fighting equipment

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

Archbishop Bettencourt, joined by Fr. Mario Cuccarollo—the director of the hospital, held a ceremony at the Ordinariate for Catholics of Armenian Rite in Eastern Europe.

The country’s Catholic Health Directorate also purchased additional medical equipment to test and treat Covid-19 patients for the hospital.

Armenia appears to be emerging from a third wave of coronavirus infections. The country’s population of over 3 million registered just 410 new cases over the past 24 hours

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