Caritas Internationalis to provide support for local Churches

Caritas Internationalis initiated a “COVID-19 Response Fund” to extend support and assistance to the local Churches that respond to aid those directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Caritas Internationalis website, the fund will be disbursed for priority health care services, particularly for prevention and control of infections, access to clean water and sanitation, procurement of personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc).

Aloysius John, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis emphasized that the goal of the response fund is to reach the local Churches and fund their small projects to express solidarity with the people, especially during this coronavirus crisis.

“The coronavirus solidarity fund is a means to assist small projects which will allow Caritas to help the people who are confined. We are there to help them create solidarity. We are all in solidarity before the virus, but I think we also have to be in solidarity with people to help them live with dignity,” he said.

The secretary general invited the faithful to be one with them in this cause.

“Let us join hands in helping us to help the poor, the needy, and the most vulnerable. Pope Francis wants us to be ‘educators of solidarity’ and, at the same time, actors in the field of solidarity,” he added.

John reiterated the Pope's message urging the faithful to be united in these challenging times especially by helping the needy as a way of the Church to be with the people.

“Pope Francis is very much preoccupied with Covid-19, and he wants the Church to express solidarity with the local Churches and help them at this moment as a gesture of witnessing the universal love and care of the universal Church for the local Church,” he said in an interview by Vatican Radio.

The Supreme Pontiff created a commission that focuses on battling the coronavirus pandemic led by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. The aim of the commission is to “to express the church’s concern and love for the entire human family in the face of the of COVID-19 pandemic.”

The commission is composed of five working groups. Caritas Internationalis serves as the first working group in the commission which is tasked with attending the needs of the local Churches.

In the Philippines, Alay Kapwa sa Pamayanan: Caritas Kindness Stations are being set up in parishes to respond to those who are affected by the pandemic.

Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of over 160 members who are working at the grassroots in almost every country, and it is headed by H.E. Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and Archbishop-Emeritus of Manila. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish)


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