MANILA, March 21, 2015—In a bid to make Lent “more meaningful” through works of mercy and compassion, Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle requests brother-priests of his Archdiocese (RCAM) to hold a second collection for the people of Vanuatu during Sunday Mass on March 22, appealing to the faithful to generously respond to their plight in the same way the international community helped Filipinos during typhoon “Yolanda”.
Christian solidarity, charity
“In the spirit of Christian solidarity with and charity for our brothers and sisters affected by the cyclone that hit in Vanuatu, a very poor island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, last weekend, may I request that the usual second collection taken up for Alay Kapwa this Sunday, March 22, the 5th Sunday of Lent, be sent to Vanuatu,” the prelate shares in a circular.
Tagle asks RCAM clerics to announce this to their parishioners, encouraging them to be more generous in the remaining “Alay Kapwa Sunday” collections.
According to him, the funds to be collected will be contributed to national and international charities.
“Please immediately remit all collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of Arzobispado de Manila or to Caritas Manila,” he adds.
Meanwhile, Vatican Radio quoted the bishop of Port-Vila, Vanuatu’s island-capital, as describing the aftermath of Cyclone “Pam, ”which left around a dozen people dead and thousands displaced, as a “frightening” scene.
The United Nations (UN) reported at least 11 people killed by the storm, with some 3,300 others driven from their homes.
Speaking from Port-Vila, Bishop John Bosco Baremes also told Vatican Radio that while the damage he witnessed from the storm was significant, reports show destruction being more extensive on the other areas.
“Those on the other islands,” he said suffered greater damage, adding the destruction in Port-Vila is “big and even frightening.”
Port-Vila bishop said fellow Vanuatu Church leaders are working on ways to best help those affected by the storm, stressing the need to provide those lacking in food, shelter, and clothing. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)