AMERICA/ARGENTINA - Entire families suffer and die without assistance: the annual collection of Caritas on 12 and 13 June

Saturday, 12 June 2021 development   caritas   poverty   economy   solidarity  


Buenos Aires (Agenzia Fides) - The President of Cáritas Argentina, Mgr. Carlos José Tissera, Bishop of Quilmes, presided over the virtual press conference for the presentation of the annual Caritas collection, which will be held on 12 and 13 June with the motto "In difficult times, let’s share more". In the presentation Cáritas Argentina and the Observatory of Social Debt of the Argentine Catholic University (ODSA UCA) also presented the report "A face behind every issue. X-ray of poverty in Argentina", which highlights the serious social situation that the country is experiencing and the policies set up to meet the needs of the poorest. Mgr. Tissera called for a response to the challenge arising from the crisis "which affects all families. And if Caritas launches this appeal, we can all respond. Hence the word 'responsibility' ". The Bishop of Quilmes asked to make "a concrete, monetary gesture, to have at heart this situation of misery, pain and poverty that Argentina is experiencing". Recalling the words of Pope Francis who invites us to "build bridges", thanked the volunteers and recalled that "the cause of all social ills is inequality". "Argentina is facing an unprecedented health, social and economic crisis, in which entire families suffer and, literally, die without assistance", denounced Mgr. Tissera. The Bishop affirmed that it is necessary "to urgently restart the country's productive apparatus, so that the economy may grow and more sources of work are created. Our men and women need it, so that hope can be recreated in their families for a better future for their children". "Political and ideological disagreements aggravate the problem - he concluded - because they only generate more division. We must unite now and not waste time in sterile discussions or electoral speculations, so that the crisis does not end up leaving us without strength or the damage is impossible to repair". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 12/6/2021)