In their July 1 letter addressed to the Clergy, Religious and Laity in Liberia, the Bishops in Liberia extended the period of the campaign saying, “To ensure the participation of all, we the Bishops of CABICOL have agreed to have the support drive continued until the 30th of September 2020.”
“Mission does not end with COVID-19. In fact, perhaps one of the lessons that we have to learn from the current crisis is to be in solidarity with one another, especially the less privileged of our society,” the Bishops of Liberia said and added, “The minimum amount required from each Catholic is 1USD.”
In the interview with ACI Africa, Fr. Denis said that “one of the lessons learnt from COVID-19 is solidarity" and added in reference to the proceeds of the campaign, "Such funds will help to not only be in solidarity with other poorer churches but to demonstrate our oneness. By participating, we all share in the mission of the church.”
Explaining the genesis of the campaign, the Secretary General of CABICOL said, “the origin is due to the realization that we cannot continuously rely on external help as a Local Church, despite the fact that we do appreciate the help of our Sister Churches. Hence, the need for all Catholics to get involved.”
“All baptized Catholics that have the age of reasoning” are qualified to participate in the campaign, the Liberian Cleric added.
The members of CABICOL are also “engaging Liberian Diaspora Catholics, especially those in the US” on how to participate in the funds drive, Fr. Denis said.
“Our modalities are still being worked on,” he further said, adding that the focus on the U.S. for Catholics in diaspora is informed by the high number of Catholic Liberian natives based in the various States of USA.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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