AFRICA - Covid-19 and Gospel of charity in Africa

Thursday, 14 May 2020 coronavirus   poverty   development   solidarity   gospel  

Kara (Agenzia Fides) - "What will the poor become when the current extraordinary situation caused by the pandemic is over?" writes Father Donald Zagore, a priest of the Society for African Missions, to Agenzia Fides. "In this global health crisis, everyone has intensified a strong impulse of charity and solidarity towards the most disadvantaged. The poor have suddenly become not only visible to everyone, but above all everyone's priority".
"While waiting for another emergency to remember them in an exceptional way, bringing them to the fore, - explains Zagore - the destitute will again fall into oblivion, become the waste of society and will remain eternal victims of all these political structures and economic leaders who claim to defend their causes, but on the contrary suffocate them even more".
The missionary intends to highlight the fact that the poor should not be remembered only in exceptional circumstances: "A condition of poverty is always an exceptional situation and must take precedence over everything and in all circumstances".
"This is why the Gospel of solidarity goes beyond simple acts of charity motivated by circumstances and requires a transformative commitment on behalf of our societies, in favor of the well-being of the poor and most abandoned. All those political and economic structures that prevent taking full responsibility for the destitute must be banned, while a daily, permanent struggle must be waged to improve the conditions of the poorest".
"In Africa as everywhere in the world - concludes Zagore, we must not spare any effort to preach, live and witness the Gospel of solidarity and charity always and forever". (DZ/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 14/5/2020)