Juba, 05 October, 2021 / 9:03 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has reached out to the people of God affected by floods in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Malakal with a donation of US$75,000.00.
The East-Central African country has been experiencing heavy downpours since May 2021.
“Following the heavy rains and devastating floods that hit South Sudan last August, displacing over 12,000 persons and causing the damage or destruction of 6,000 homes and extensive material damage, Pope Francis, via the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has decided to send US$ 75,000 as a contribution to emergency activities and programs to sustain the population in the hard-hit diocese of Malakal,” the Vatican Dicastery announced in a Monday, October 4 message.
The officials of the Dicastery add that the donation “intended to express Pope Francis’ feelings of spiritual closeness and paternal encouragement to the people and territories affected.”
Such donations, they further say, “accompany prayer and are part of the aid that is being activated throughout the Catholic Church, which also involves numerous charitable organizations.”