ASIA/MALAYSIA - The Archbishop of Kuching: living Advent alongside the poor

Friday, 3 December 2021 christmas   advent   poverty  

Kuching (Agenzia Fides) - To live the liturgical season of "Advent", in preparation for Christmas, to help and console the poor and the needy: this is the appeal launched by Mgr Simon Poh, Archbishop of Kuching, capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, on the island of Borneo. In a sincere message addressed to all the faithful, the Prelate exhorted them to "support the poor and suffering and to bring them the hope and the joy of Christmas". The text sent to Fides states: "The pandemic has seriously affected our economy, creating a category of new poor. The greatest impact was on people who were already poor, migrants, widows, the elderly, women and children, especially in rural communities". Many families, including migrants, lost their jobs during the pandemic in many rural and urban areas, finding themselves without a livelihood. With the extended lockdown imposed by authorities due to the pandemic, the economy has suffered greatly. "Many citizens need help to survive and maintain their lives", said the Prelate.
"Just like the Holy Family had to travel and stay in other cities, we remember our migrant brothers and sisters from Kuching who are currently unable to return to their country of origin", he added.
Archbishop Poh urged all Catholics and friends of goodwill to support the December "Advent call", asking for a special fundraising for the weakest and most vulnerable. "The funds raised by the Catholic community during Advent and Christmas will be used for these people in need", Archbishop Poh said.
"Let’s do our part to alleviate poverty and suffering, bringing Christmas hope and joy this Advent season", he concluded, noting that "as the pandemic continues, there is a strong need for everyone to help each other face the challenges of life, especially with the grace of God". (SD-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 3/12/2021)