Juba, 29 May, 2020 / 3:28 am (ACI Africa).
The leadership of Caritas South Sudan, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in the country, has expressed the commitment to contributing towards the COVID-19 emergency fund, which Pope Francis created last month.
The Holy Father created the emergency fund for those affected by coronavirus in mission countries on April 6, earmarking US$750,000.00 for the fund, Catholic News Agency reported. The prefect of the Vatican-based Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said that in establishing the fund, Pope Francis was seeking to mobilize “the Church’s entire vast network to face the challenges ahead”.
Cardinal Tagle who is the President of Caritas Internationalis went on to ask the Caritas confederation of 165 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations operating across the globe to answer to the call of Pope Francis to Caritas to help the most vulnerable people adversely affected by the pandemic.
“This is an opportune time for the Caritas family and confederation to manifest the compassion, solidarity, and love that Christ has for every person, especially the poor,” Cardinal Tagle wrote to Caritas Presidents and Secretaries General around the world on May 18 about contributing to the emergency fund, with the donations channeled through the administration office of the Vatican-based Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS).
The leadership of Caritas South Sudan, a potential beneficiary of the same emergency fund, says that despite the “financial constraints” in the world’s youngest nation, the Juba-based Church entity is prepared to partake in the charity call for support.