It’s a gloomy and wet Sunday morning in Portici, a densely populated city close to Naples. Native priest Don Giorgio Pisano walks the streets to go to his parishioners who’re pressured to remain in due to the lockdown. He can’t see them of their properties, however he can nonetheless speak to them on the Intercom.
Don Giorgio is aware of all of them individually. He asks about their well being and that of those that reside with them. He has sort phrases for everyone and says that is what persons are in want of throughout the pandemic:
“Each one in every of us goes by means of a time of fear and worry. Individuals are scared. And so I consider that speaking easy closeness by means of greeting folks and bringing them collectively shouldn’t be solely a pleasant factor to do, however it’s elementary.”
The present lockdown in Italy pressured many to remain locked of their homes with few possibilities to exit and to see different folks. The scenario is especially damaging for many who used to attend native church buildings and to be guided and comforted of their on a regular basis life by their priest. Nevertheless, a priest close to Naples determined it was about time to reunite together with his group, regardless that solely on the intercom.
The persons are locked in. A few of them have COVID-19 and might’t exit, not even for grocery procuring. Nevertheless, what they miss shouldn’t be solely meals, but additionally phrases of consolation from their priest. And since they cannot go to church, the church involves them.
“I believe that is elementary to get us collectively, to make us really feel extra linked to one another. That’s the means we will face our issues, all kinds of issues, not simply COVID.”.
Creating and nurturing a sense of group, of household, regardless of all restrictions: that is how Don Giorgio has determined to battle the pandemic and the way he and his parishioners hope they may, finally, win.