AMERICA/MEXICO - The Church invites to practice charity with the most vulnerable and publishes a vademecum for priests

Friday, 3 April 2020 coronavirus  


Xalapa (Agenzia Fides) - The Catholic Church in Mexico has launched an urgent appeal to the population to practice charity and support the most vulnerable, because in the face of the health crisis caused by the coronavirus, the economic crisis affects those who live day by day.
Fr. José Manuel Suazo Reyes, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Xalapa, stressed that for the quarantine during which citizens must not leave their homes, teconomy affects self-employed workers who earn something only when they work. "In these times, we try to strengthen actions of charity, because there are many people who live day by day and surely these people are the ones who will suffer the greatest impact, the consequences of this situation", he underlined. And he added that the crisis will not only be for health, but will also be economic, so "we must share, practice charity with the most vulnerable, with the most needy".
Because of this situation, "Caritas" will supply groceries to needy families, food for people living on the street and medicines, the priest said. "Caritas will continue to provide essential services, to the poorest people, because there are many poor people", he specified.
Mexico is one of the Latin American countries that postponed taking measures against the health emergency compared to other countries, so there are now contagion points in different parts of the nation. The Mexican Bishops' Conference has published a vademecum on the role of the priest during the Covid-19 emergency. It is a sort of vademecum on the exercise of the priesthood in the health emergency of the coronavirus. "The priest must be a great bridge of union between God and his children", reads the introduction of the text.
"This is not the time to relax in our spiritual life, we must not allow ourselves to lower our guard against this great risk of contagion; let us be careful to know how to take care of ourselves and how to be good shepherds of the whole Christian community that God has entrusted us". These are the main recommendations of the Mexican Bishops in the document "The priest in the face of the great Covid-19 challenge".
Responsibility, prayer, solidarity, service and prudence are the titles of each part of the document, which motivates pastoral action in this emergency situation, illustrating some elements of health prevention. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 3/4/2020)