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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Caritas works with Chinese Catholic charity to help earthquake survivors
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 Dr Reinhard Würkner, Head of the Asian Department of the Deutscher Caritasverband, and his colleague Aloysius John of Caritas France confirm that are working with Jinde Charities, a Chinese Catholic charity to bring aid to earthquake survivors in Si Chuan (in the southwest region of continental China). According to the head of Jinde Charities, Dr Würkner telephoned the headquarters of the Chinese Catholic organization to express his solidarity with them and announce the donation of 100,000 Euros to begin aid efforts. He said that the Deutscher Caritasverband would make every effort to "collaborate with the Chinese Catholics in serving the people in need." Aloysius John, of Caritas France, assured the Chinese Catholics a 50,000 Euro-donation for immediate aid. On May 16, the leaders of Deutscher Caritasverband and Caritas France met in Paris in order to discuss the coordination of aid efforts and collaboration with the heads of Jinde Charities. The Chinese Catholics continue praying, raising funds, and doing whatever they can to help the earthquake victims. In Beijing, on all the poor boxes in the parishes, there is a sign that reads: "Aid for Earthquake Victims." Masses and Rosaries are constantly being offered for the victims and the survivors and in addition, as the Holy Father has mentioned, for the relief workers, that God may sustain "all those involved in meeting the immediate needs of the victims." One priest told Agenzia Fides that, "we know the Pope is thinking of us, of the people of Sichuan and of the neighboring provinces in China that have been heavily hit by the earthquake. We are deeply moved by this fact and it gives us even more motivation." Source: Fides
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