Ebolowa, 12 October, 2022 / 9:53 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ebolowa in Cameroon has directed institutions under his pastoral care, including Parishes and institutions of learning, to establish Caritas offices to take care of the needs of the growing population of the impoverished.
In a pastoral letter shared with ACI Africa on Wednesday, October 12, Bishop Philippe Alain Mbarga notes that Cameroon is experiencing a growing number of the poor, especially as war rages on in the country’s Northwest and Southwest English-speaking regions.
“There are many families (fathers, mothers and children) who, because of the insecurity in the Far North and the socio-political crisis in the North West and South West of our country, find themselves without a home; and some of their members are sometimes forced to engage in indecent practices in order to make ends meet,” Bishop Mbarga says.
He adds, “This deplorable situation challenges our ecclesial conscience… It urges us to move from indifference to compassion, and then from compassion to concrete action.”
In a directive that aims to bring Caritas services closer to the people, the Cameroonian Bishop says, “I dispose of the following…that the Caritas Associations erected in each Parish and Institution of the Diocese take great care, under the coordination of the Vicar General and the Diocesan Caritas Chaplain, to manifest the benevolent closeness of God and the Church to the poor.”