ASIA/CHINA - Chinese Catholics mobilised to help mudslide victims on Philippines Island of Leyte

Friday, 24 February 2006

Rome (Fides Service) - On hearing the news of the tragic mudslide in the Philippines last week in the village of Guinsaugon on the island of Leyte, Catholics in China were quick to offer help and prayers. At masses in Catholic parishes in Beijing the day after the tragedy priests urged the faithful to pray for the victims and offer concrete forms of aid. Many people responded anxious to know how they could send clothing, clean water, food and medicines and offerings of money. Prayers still being said for about 3,000 people still missing, many of them school children. According to Hong Kong diocesan bulletin Kong Ko Bao Caritas Hong Kong send an immediate donation of 50,000 $HK. Caritas Taiwan responded to the call from Caritas Internationalis as reported by the Tei Pei diocesan bulletin Christian Life Weekly. Caritas Taiwan has urged local Catholics “help the victims of the disaster”. Caritas Hong Kong and Caritas di Taiwan are in close contact with Caritas Philippines and Caritas Internationalis to guarantee effective and concrete aid to the affected families. (Agenzia Fides 24/02/2006 Righe: 21 Parole: 215)