Juba, 16 July, 2020 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of Caritas South Sudan, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference that had previously expressed commitment to contribute to the Vatican COVID-19 Fund has responded by cutting on other Church projects to raise money towards the Fund.
Speaking to ACI Africa in the country’s capital Juba, Executive Director for Caritas South Sudan Gabriel Yai, said for the management to contribute, it took a small amount of money from their incumbent projects.
“With the small project that we are implementing under the emergency appeal, we decided to take something from the administration cost to be our contribution for the Caritas Internationalis Solidarity Fund for COVID-19,” said Mr. Yai.
In April this year, Pope Francis made a special appeal, creating an emergency fund at the Vatican to tackle the pandemic in the mission countries around the globe, Catholic News Agency reported.
A month later, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the President of Caritas Internationalis proceeded to ask the Caritas confederation of 165 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations in the world to heed the call of the Holy Father to support the most affected by the deadly outbreak.