Singapore (Fides Service) – A new case of SARS Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Singapore has put the international community in alarm. In various parts of the world, especially those countries affected by the virus earlier in the year, have announced measures to prevent a possible new emergency. Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the most affected countries in Spring this year, have intensified control in airports and public places.
The Catholic community in Beijing, which sustained the sufferers and health workers with continual prayer in the Spring, has intensified prayers to Our lady to protect the people of China. During the month of August in Beijing parish priests visited the Catholic doctors and paramedics who devoted themselves to assisting the SARS stricken people to express thanks with spiritual and concrete comfort. NZ (Fides Service 10/9/2003 EM lines 21 Words: 194)