Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - "The Amazon needs you" is the campaign launched yesterday, May 18, on the social networks of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network in Brazil (Repam-Brazil) and of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of Brazil . The initiative aims to mobilize the population to show solidarity with the Amazonian peoples.
The campaign counts on the support of the Special Episcopal Commission for the Amazon of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB), and is promoted in collaboration with the Pontifical Mission Societies and will be linked to the initiative of the CNBB and the Brazilian Caritas. "It is time to take care", but with the intention of raising funds, "especially for the most needy dioceses".
The data is alarming and the situation is very serious following the lack of food, the lack of hygiene and protective material, not to mention the countless unreported cases of people infected with the new coronavirus. In the campaign, any person or organization can participate with donations, which will be made by deposit or bank transfer in a specific account for this purpose. The donations will be sent by REPAM-Brasil and PMS to the local Churches through requests made by the dioceses or by the Prelates themselves. The requests will be analyzed by a team of representatives of the sponsoring organizations, who will carry out an evaluation of the requests and the resources collected, in order to help as many people and communities as possible living in a vulnerable situation.
Fr. Maurício Jardim, National Director of the PMS in Brazil, recalls that the PMS are an international network that supports the Pope in his concern for all the particular Churches. "In this moment of crisis, of pandemic, of many needs, the PMS have created a solidarity fund to help the most needy churches in mission territories all over the world. It is also an incentive for the creation of a national campaign as a way to help the most needy in their country", said the National Director. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 19/5/2020)