Catholic Community of Sri Lanka Mobilizes to Aid Poor During Pandemic

The Catholic community of Sri Lanka has mobilized for assistance to poor families and the most vulnerable people, affected by the socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 health emergency. As reported to Agenzia Fides, communities, dioceses, parishes, religious congregations, and associations have organized themselves to provide food for poor families during the curfew imposed by the government. In addition, hygiene items, personal protective equipment is provided, and free medical care are offered especially for women, children, and the elderly.

“We have stepped up the interventions in coordination with the dioceses”, says to Agenzia Fides Father Mahendra Gunatilleke, national director of Caritas Sri Lanka. “In agreement with our partners, generous in committing funds in response to this crisis – explains the priest – our efforts go in two directions: helping the destitute with humanitarian aid; building and organizing activities that can serve to mitigate the social impact of the health crisis and preparing for a sustainable economic recovery”.

The current crisis caused by the Covid-19 epidemic has led to serious socio-economic repercussions. While the Sri Lankan government is gradually lifting the tough restrictions imposed for nearly eight weeks in order to revive the economy, there is still no certainty as to when the disease outbreak will be brought under control.

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Colombia Faces Pandemic, Violence, Corruption

“In addition to the pandemic, the Department of Chocò is suffering from the growth of the historical virus of violence, abandonment of the state and corruption”, is what we read in the first lines of the press release of the Diocese of Quibdó, chaired by its Bishop, Mgr. Juan Carlos Barreto Barreto, in collaboration with other institutions, which once again show their concern for the systematic escalation of the armed conflict in the Department of Chocó, Colombia.

“Now, in this reality, nothing new seems to be happening, because the problem of the coronavirus pandemic almost completely occupies the agendas of the main media and public opinion, and makes the great historical problems of violence, state abandonment and corruption that continue to cause the greatest damage to our communities, invisible”, continues the text sent to Fides.

High levels of urban violence are occurring in the city of Quibdó, with 75 people killed in the first five months of the year. Similarly, the document lists the “great plagues” that have plagued Chocó for decades and that are leading to the violation of human rights in Afro, indigenous, and mestizo communities.

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Bishop Sherrington Cites Abortion Statistics in England and Wales

Abortion statistics released by the Department for Health on 11 June 11, 2020, show that, in England and Wales, there was a total of 209,519 abortions in 2019, an increase of 2 percent from 2018 when there were 205,295 abortions.

The highest number of abortions ever was recorded for English and Welsh residents, with 207,384 abortions for English and Welsh residents, an increase of 6,776 since 2018.

The statistics also show that there were 3,183 disability-selective abortions in 2019. This represents a 53% increase compared to ten years ago in 2009 when there were 2,085.

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