AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Covid 19: social pastoral workers are a bridge among people in need

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 solidarity   coronavirus   area crisis   priests  


Malaga (Agenzia Fides) - The Catholic Church continues to pursue its commitment by accompanying, supporting, protecting and coordinating efforts to guarantee the minimum necessary that communities need in this period of pandemic. Thus the diocese of Malaga-Soatá, da Santander (Colombia) informed of the sharing with the most vulnerable.
The whole group that works in the leadership of the diocese has organized charity initiatives in the region, such as food assistance, access to health and finding accommodation, which have particularly alleviated the situation of the vulnerable and migrant population. Another of its contributions is the promotion of integral human development and training processes, mainly for the rural population, in order to generate sustainable, self-sufficient and supportive economies.
Responding to the needs that arise as a result of the health emergency that the country is facing due to Covid-19, Mgr. José Libardo Garcés Monsalve, the priests and parish priests of this circumscription, have promoted campaigns of encouragement and hope, in order to promote solidarity and generosity at a diocesan level and on behalf of the parishes. The collection of basic necessities has been very positive, thanks to the response of the community and especially of merchants, who contribute most to this cause.
In the note sent to Fides, Fr. Luis Alfonso Hernández, observes: "we do it because we recognize that this is the mission of the Church, it is our mission, our responsibility, because we understand that charity is the heart of the Gospel and without it there would be no sense or reason for being, what we do is what we are".
Since the quarantine began, awareness-raising and sharing actions have intensified, communication networks have been strengthened so that aid reaches the people who need it, in particular the elderly, the sick, people in prison, the most vulnerable families, migrants, the dispersed rural population and the unemployed.
"Social workers are a bridge among people who need access to food aid", says Fr. Hernández. In addition, the diocese managed and coordinated the actions with organizations such as the Food Bank, for example, with that of Bucaramanga, and dealt with 100 markets that were of great help to the vulnerable population. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 20/5/2020)