The Bishop of the Algarve, D. Manuel Quintas says that this is the time to take care of each other, but he does not hide his concern about the economic impact of the pandemic in the region, hoping that the European Union “shows what is worth” and does not abandon each country “To your luck”.
Speaking to Rádio Renascença (RR), in a report by journalist Gastão da Costa Nunes, the Bishop of the Diocese of Algarve did not miss the opportunity to transmit a message of hope and optimism to the Algarve, saying that the time is “to believe and look at one another for others ”.
"It will not be easy to overcome this situation, but we will continue to confirm in faith, to strengthen in hope, to awaken to solidarity and charity, to care for others, for the common good, for co-responsibility in the fight against this viruses, not allowing themselves to be infected and not infecting others "- read the RR website.
After the pandemic, very difficult times may arise for the region's economy, as has already happened in the last crisis. "We avoided – not alone, of course – that the consequences of unemployment were greater, helping with food, with social cafeterias and canteens", recalls the bishop, who says he has hope and "believes that we will not reach this situation".
But, in a region very dependent on tourism, D. Manuel Quintas does not hide his concern. It is necessary that this sector is not very affected, since “it is the air” of the Algarve. "Here, if tourism is lacking, we run the risk of being asphyxiated, and this will have very serious consequences for families and for the Algarve society in general," he referred to the RR report.