Dar es Salaam (Agenzia Fides) - Following the outbreak of the COVID-19, the Holy Father Pope Francis has invited the Universal Catholic Church to join hands with the entire world by offering prayers and making charitable donations to aid all those who have suffered the consequences of this pandemic, especially in the mission lands.
In response to this call, the Tanzanian Local Church has already begun various initiatives both spiritual and material. In the first place, in every diocese there are many awareness campaigns going on so as to inform people of this challenge both at the local and global level. Secondly, we already witness the promotion of many spiritual exercises including: Holy Mass, novenas, divine mercy intercessions, holy rosary and even the composition of special prayers recited at different levels. For instance, one of these special prayers has been composed by the Episcopal Conference and is currently being recited in all the dioceses during Holy Mass.
On the material part, there are already in place several initiatives towards charitable contributions. At the level of the Episcopal Conference, every diocese has been requested to device a mechanism through which they may raise funds for this purpose and in the end send their contribution to the National PMS Office which has been entrusted this task directly by the Holy See. In order to facilitate the collection of these funds either from dioceses or individuals, a special bank account has already been established. (J.M.) (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 5/5/2020)