The blessing of the new premises
The blessing of the newly renovated Vatican Pharmacy premises took place on 14 September 2020, attended by the President of the Governorate of the Vatican City State, Giuseppe Cardinal Bertello, the Secretary General of the Governorate Mgr Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, the Superior General of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, Brother Jesús Etayo Arrondo, and other senior Vatican officials.
The renovation work was actually completed at the end of July, and the Pharmacy was opened to the public on 3 August after being housed in containers during the operations. The blessing of the new premises marked the official inauguration. The ceremony was attended by the Brothers of the Community, the pharmacists and other co-workers.
The Cardinal President recounted the history of the service of the Brothers of St John of God in the Vatican, and thanked the Order and the staff for the service they offer through the Pharmacy, before proceeding to bless the building. The Pharmacy Director, Brother Binish Mulackal then stressed that the Vatican Pharmacy was ready to meet to the needs of the public with a new look and improved performance, in a welcoming climate offering a roomy environment and rapid service. The automated stores would guarantee an exceptional service, optimising the working time spent at the counter to leave more time for the staff to fully devote themselves to advising customers, transforming waiting time into working time. He then thanked the authorities, the management and the staff employees for their cooperation in this period of renewal in the year of the Covid-19 Emergency.