Catholic Mission Australia
Sydney (Agenzia Fides) - With the festive season nearly upon us again, Catholic Mission Australia is urging its supporters to remember the most vulnerable children around the world this Christmas. In the statement sent to Agenzia Fides it says that it has launched its 2015 Children's Appeal, which specifically highlights the work of dedicated Catholic missionaries in the Philippines, who are caring for children in desperate need.
This year the campaign highlights the work of Sister Baptistine Corazon Riconalla, the Superior at the Our Lady of Providence Home in Cebu.
The Sisters of St. John the Baptist, who run the orphanage, care for young girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom are afflicted with conditions such as malnutrition. Catholic Mission Deputy National Director Peter Gates says Sister Corazon often fears for the future of the children, in a Country where more than a quarter of the people in the Philippines live below the poverty line. Sister Corazon is constantly worried about the health of the children, given the spate of recent typhoons and an unpredictable climate that has caused an increase in diseases at the orphanage. Mr Gates is urging supporters to consider sharing a Christmas gift with these special children. "If we can contribute just a little, then Sister Corazon and the home can care for more children", he said. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 29/10/2015)