ASIA/CHINA - First Catholic dispensary opened in China to show God’s love by caring for the sick: first step to building a Catholic Health Care network

Wednesday, 19 May 2004

TianJing (Fides Service) - A Catholic Dispensary, the first of its kind in mainland China, was recently opened in the small town on GuanPuTou, in the JingHai district of TianJing. The Hui Ze Tang , as the Dispensary is called was official inaugurated in the presence of civil and religious authorities, the local Catholic community and ordinary towns people. The Dispensary is run by the local diocesan congregation of Sisters of Charity who hope this will be the first step in building a network of Catholic health services in the area.
Assistant Mother Superior Sr. Wang Mei Li explained the initiative: “We started the dispensary to provide poor people with free medical care and medicines and this is only the beginning. With the help of the local Catholic community we and our Sisters we hope to open a hospital and a Home for the elderly”. Through their service of free medical care and medicines, the Sisters wish to show that the Catholic Church’s mission consists of demonstrating God’s love for all people, that is evangelisation, as well as promoting human development.
(Agenzia Fides 19/05/2004 Lines: 15 Words: 156)