Yangon (Agenzia Fides) - The Catholic parishes of the Archdiocese of Yangon will provide food to at least 50 poor families in each parish over the next three months. As Fides learns, the aim is to guarantee food security for 1000 poor families during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement by the local church. "As the country fights the public health crisis, the Church is stepping up its contribution to the common good".
The Burmese Church has been distributing personal protective equipment, food and humanitarian aid to the poorest communities across the country since the pandemic began, also thanks to the support from various international organizations.
Meanwhile, Catholic Bishops across the country are collecting donations and funds to help people in need. The Bishops in the different dioceses have also asked priests, religious and lay people to continue pastoral and spiritual guidance, especially through the Internet, and to help people in difficulty when it comes to facing the challenges of the pandemic. "The Church accompanies the people and helps them not to lose hope during the ongoing crisis", says the message of the Archdiocese of Yangon.
"Any help offered to the poor and vulnerable in the name of Christ's charity is a contribution to the common good of the nation", the statement said. There are also concerns that the pandemic could cause further political and economic problems for the country, which is preparing for elections in November. For this reason, underlines the message of the Archdiocese of Yangon, it is necessary to end all forms of conflict "so that everyone can work together for peace and prosperity in Myanmar and fight the coronavirus together". (SD-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 5/10/2020)