By ZENIT Staff

Pope Francis has delayed the annual Peter’s Pence Collection from June 29, 2020, to October 4. The action is in response to the disruptions of services caused by the coronavirus shutdown.

The purpose of the Peter’s Pence Collection is to provide the Holy Father with the financial means to respond to those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease.

The announcement was made in the following statement by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni:

“In view of the current health crisis, the Holy Father has decided that, for this year 2020, the Peter’s Pence Collection, which traditionally takes place around the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, on 29 June, will be transferred throughout the world to the XXVII Sunday of Ordinary Time, October 4, the day dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi.”

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