In this year's Lenten Message, Pope Francis once again urged us to take advantage of the time of Lent to further our charitable activities. On March 20, 2021, the "sweet fragrance of charity" spread to the residents of the Hai Phong Nursing Home for Nurturing and Protection. The visit of thanksgiving and sharing with the elderly here was organized by the local group “ Gospel Family,” in collaboration with the Diocesan Caritas Office of Hai Phong.
Mariam lived in Qaraqosh, Iraq, but she was forced to flee with her family when ISIS took control of the area in 2014. First the family was homeless and without work, then it was forced to live in the Persivi displacement camp. This experience still scars Mariam. She remembers being woken up by screams one night as the tent next to hers burnt down. The family next door didn’t manage to save their baby girl, who was still inside.
Caritas Hanoi transferred 150 million VND to share with people in epidemic areas in Cam Giang district, Hai Duong province.
On 26/02/2021 Caritas Hanoi transferred 150 million VND to share with people in epidemic areas in Cam Giang district, Hai Duong province. In the past few days, the Covid-19 epidemic broke out again in Hai Duong, some localities were blocked and the whole province of Hai Duong had to be socially isolated. The pandemic has had serious consequences for the people here: agricultural products cannot be sold because of "preventing the river from being marketed", buying basic necessities with cards, workers are unemployed and lack of food, students. , students have to drop out of school ... The life of the people here is extremely difficult.
In the spirit of solidarity with Hai Duong Province and to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, on February 17 Caritas Vietnam presented relief gifts to the needy in Cam Giang district, one of the six outbreaks of Hai Duong province. Prior to that donation, in the aftermath of the outbreak of COVID-19 in Chi Linh City, on January 27, Caritas Vietnam cooperated with Caritas of Hai Phong diocese to support Chi Linh anti-epidemic efforts with an amount of nearly 300,000,000 VND.
Jerusalem is the place where Jesus was rejected and killed by those who wanted to hold onto their power. It was also the place where Jesus showed us the true meaning of his mission and invited us to follow him in love and service. As we begin our Lenten journey towards Jerusalem together, we are compelled to see where we need to let go of our worldly power so we can reach out and join hands and come together in unity as one Caritas confederation and as one human family.