“We are all suffering, but let us continue helping the neediest families” -Abp. Valles

CBCP president and Archbishop of Davao, Most Rev. Romulo G. Valles, D.D., released a circular on April 21, 2021, regarding the urgency to pray and to manifest charity.

Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Archbishop, individuals are suffering from fear and anxiety struggling with the implemented guidelines on NCR plus. Among those affected individuals are the ‘daily-wage earners who have to go out to work to bring food to their tables every day.’

He then acknowledged the parishes and religious communities that have been helping the needy since the start of the pandemic. Hence, he called the faithful to continue to give aid to the needy.

“We are all suffering, but let us again challenge ourselves to continue helping the neediest families in our midst. Let us continue bringing food packs and other form of assistance to them,” Archbishop Valles said.

Communities have organized themselves, ‘in true Bayanihan spirit’, to help families who are in need, especially with food and other necessities.

Despite the fear caused by the pandemic, the recent Typhoon Bising has affected many areas and communities adding ‘inconvenience and hardships’. Bishop Jose Colin M. Bagaforo, Chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace, said that their staff had already initiated bringing assistance to those affected communities and areas.

“The love of Christ compels us to act. It is difficult when all of us have to deal with our own difficulties and sufferings. But our faith in Jesus tells us to look first to those who are most in need. I would like to believe that true charity does not stop even when that charity and care come from people who themselves are in great need,” he added. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo file by RCAM-AOC)

 

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