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Covid-19: Patriarchate of Lisbon launches a new service to support disabled

Among the people most affected by the isolation imposed because of the Coronavirus are the disabled. For this reason, the Pastoral Service for people with disabilities of the Patriarchate of Lisbon has decided to launch a spiritual, psychological and logistical programme aimed at the families who care for them.

By Vatican News

The new service has been established by the Pastoral Service for people with disabilities of the Patriarchate of Lisbon.  The foundation has made available several family advisors to whom families can turn in order to help them with problems and difficulties and also find solutions.

The consultants have already received several calls, with some people asking for the delivery of medicines, while others just want words of comfort. Among the requests for help are those from parents with disabled children who are most affected by the inability to attend school together with their classmates.

No less important, explains the foundation’s coordinator Carmo Diniz, is the possibility for disabled people to participate in a life of faith. Here too, new technologies have been very useful. It is a real "pastoral boom", she says.

It also means that thanks to this technology, they will  be able participate in community meetings that previously required more complex logistics for transport and access to event venues.

 

23 April 2020, 14:20