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International Catholic Charity Targets Institutions Dedicated to St. Joseph in Latest Aid

The Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has announced a number of projects in Catholic Dioceses around the world that have received a boost, including those in Africa, that are under the patronage of St. Joseph.

This, according to the leadership of the Pontifical charity, is aimed at supporting the initiative of Pope Francis who proclaimed 2021 the Year of St. Joseph, calling upon Catholics across the globe to celebrate a man who played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

In a report shared with ACI Africa Wednesday, February 17, ACN notes that the aid targets institutions dedicated to St. Joseph across various continents.

“In honor of the Year of St. Joseph, the international Catholic pastoral charity ACN International is highlighting the many projects it supports in Latin America, Africa, the Near East, Eastern Europe and Asia which have been dedicated to St. Joseph,” the leadership of the charity says. 

In Africa, in the Indian Ocean Island of Madagascar, ACN is helping to build the Parish house of St. Joseph in Betatao, which “will serve as a home to the Priests of the vast Parish with its many outposts.”

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In Malawi’s Diocese of Mzuzu, the Pontifical charity has embarked on a project aimed to save the roof of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph the Worker, which is located in a region riddled with earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The Vicar General and Cathedral Administrator, Msgr. Denis Chitete, told ACN, “In January 2018 we started noticing some wet marks on the ceiling of the Cathedral… After inspection of the roof, we found out that some parts of the roof were open, and that the rainwater was dripping through these openings onto the ceiling.”

ACN leadership notes that temporary measures designed to halt the damage’s progress proved ineffective after the intense heat from the sun caused the band tape sealing the gaps to shrivel.

While ACN leadership is facilitating the procurement of the material needed to renovate the roof, parishioners are expected to contribute the needed labor.

“Parishioners are going to be involved in all the work that can be done by unskilled labours – by pitching in, they’re following the example of St Joseph the Worker,” Neville Kyrke-Smith says.

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Mr. Kyrke-Smith, the national Director of ACN (UK), which is supporting the initiatives says, “These projects will transform the lives of the local Catholic communities struggling to live out their Faith.”

The ACN official adds, “St Joseph was a carpenter, but the Greek word we translate as carpenter – tecton – probably means he was a woodworker constructing roofs and other vast structures… So the building projects ACN is backing, such as the new roof for Malawi’s Cathedral of Saint Joseph the Worker in Karonga, are very appropriate.”

Other institutions dedicated to St. Joseph, which the Catholic charity is supporting include the Jesuit-run St. Joseph’s Church in Beirut, St. Joseph in Lavelleja Catholic Church in Uruguay, South America and Convents under the patronage of St. Joseph in Russia and in Ukraine.