Kuala Lumpur (Agenzia Fides) - Imploring peace as a gift from God and witnessing the closeness and solidarity of the Ukrainian people suffering the devastating effects of war: with this objective the Catholic community of Malaysia unites in prayer and charity, mobilizing for their brothers and sisters who suffer in Europe. "Together, we stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and pray for peace", said Msgr. Bernard Paul, Bishop of Melaka-Johor President of Caritas Malaysia, inviting all Malaysians, Catholics and non-Catholics, to "support Ukraine, where millions of people have fled and are displaced, where there are wounded, dead and missing, including children".
Urged by the Bishops, the Malaysian faithful in all the dioceses will join the great prayer of consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Virgin Mary, announced by Pope Francis for Friday, March 25 and extended to all the particular Churches in the world.
Furthermore, as reported to Agenzia Fides, Caritas Malaysia, responding to the appeal of Caritas Internationalis, has launched a collection of aid to support humanitarian aid in Ukraine, in order to provide food, drinking water, safe accommodation and hygiene kits for the displaced. The organization - which represents the Church in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei - also works closely with the Embassy of Ukraine in Malaysia, especially with regard to medical aid. "The world is deeply concerned about the war in Ukraine", says Bishop Paul, who urges all Malaysian citizens to do their part and donate material and spiritual help to the victims of the war. (SD-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 21/3/2022)