Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: UC honors the deceased during the pandemic with a memorial plaque

“Our university community has suffered and decisively faced this pandemic, which has affected our country and all humanity. We accompany the victims and their families in their pain and implore our employer, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, so that they accompany and deliver your beatitude “, says the memorial plaque that was discovered on Friday, November 5, in the chapel of the Central House.

The ceremony, which took place during the recess of the Honorable Superior Council (HCS) , included a response by the Vice Grand Chancellor, Father Tomás Scherz, in which the members of the HCS, Pastoral UC and also members of the academic body participated. .

“This plaque aims to recognize and pay tribute to all the people who have died during this pandemic and who have died leaving great pain in their loved ones, families; this has happened in the world, in Chile and also in our university community “, affirmed the rector Ignacio Sánchez. He added that “it seemed very important to us to leave a testimony towards the future of what we have lived in an emblematic place, such as the Central House chapel, together with the messages of the pontiffs who have come to the university”, referring to the visits of Pope Francis in 2018 and of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II in 1987.

“This plaque aims to recognize and pay tribute to all the people who have died during this pandemic, leaving great pain in their loved ones, families; this has happened in the world, in Chile and also in our university community” – UC Rector Ignacio Sánchez

About a year and 8 months have passed since Covid-19 arrived in Chile and to date it has claimed the lives of approximately 40,000 people in the country.

The rector highlighted the simplicity of the ceremony and appreciated the participation of the Pastoral, the Vice Grand Chancellery, the Superior Directorate and also the Design Directorate, through its director Soledad Hola and her team, who were in charge of the design of the commemorative plaque. This included a beatitude from the Bible, specifically from the book of Revelation: “Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, may they rest from their toil, because their works accompany them ”(Ap 14, 13).

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