Novosibirsk: “Sister, come back soon.”
Article written by Kira von Bock-Iwaniuk.
Religious sisters in Russia at the side of the marginalised during the Coronavirus crisis
Very few have fallen ill, but all who live in the million-strong West Siberian city of Novosibirsk are affected by the lockdown and its economic impact – particularly those, of course, who already were living on the fringes of society prior to the crisis: the poor, the unemployed, the elderly and children from lower-income families. These are the ones on whom the religious sisters of the Roman Catholic Diocese of the Transfiguration at Novosibirsk have now focused most of their attention. They talked with the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need about the challenges they are facing during these times of the pandemic.
The Congregation of Sisters of St. Elizabeth has been working in Russia for more than 25 years. During the period of the epidemic, they continue to distribute products and hygiene products to our needy wards, to support and co-ordinate them by phone and visit as often as possible. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need.