AMERICA/MEXICO - The Church works tirelessly for the population hit by the earthquake

Thursday, 25 January 2018 humanitarian aid   earthquake   episcopal conferences   area crisis  


Chiapas (Agencia Fides) - "Thanks to the work of Father Romulo Sanchez, parish priest of the Parish of St. John the Baptist in Ocozocoautla, in the diocese of Tuxtla Gutierrez, in Chiapas, the San Juan 'Vivienda 6x4' project is rapidly moving forward". This is what is stated in the statement sent to Agenzia Fides by the Communication Office of the Mexican Episcopal Conference, which illustrates the work of the Catholic Church in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, to help the victims of the two earthquakes of 7 and 19 September 2017. The two earthquakes caused 471 deaths and thousands of homeless people. "So far we have 44 houses measuring 6x4 meters, in an earthquake-proof structure, already finished for families affected by the earthquake", says Fr. Rómulo. It is a project of solidarity for the construction of complete housing, with doors and windows: "A roof under which to sleep, where children can rest and the elderly can live peacefully" the priest comments, explaining that the majority are peasant and indigenous families who live in conditions of extreme need.
Nicola Nicoletti, Director of the Communication Office explains to Agenzia Fides that the Secretary of the Mexican Episcopal Conference, Mgr. Alfonso G. Miranda Guardiola, who has just returned from a trip to Chiapas to visit the area, was able to confirm that "the proximity of the Church to the needs of the population and the indigenous groups are constant", while "the parishes work tirelessly to meet the multiple needs of the population". In fact, the houses are also built in remote areas that are difficult to access, which require more than three hours of travel, in areas without roads. Despite these objective difficulties, which hinder the transport of materials, Father Romulus keeps hope alive, and in the statement sent to Fides he notes: "Even if many houses, schools and churches are still missing, with the help of God, we will be able to rebuild everything". (NN/LG) (Agenzia Fides, 25/01/2018)