Support bundle to help the Brazilian parishes crippled by Covid-19

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A lay member of the Shalom community delivers a food parcel during the pandemic.(Photo: Help for the Church in Need)

Aid has provided the Church in Need to parishes in Brazil with an emergency relief package as the country is struggling with the second worst coronavirus outbreak in the world.

The aid package will support 169 priests, 141 sisters, 31 seminarians and 56 lay missionaries who will continue to serve their congregations during the crisis.

It will also bring much-needed support to parishes to help vulnerable people by collecting food and other essentials.

ACN said some communities offer dinner to poor families every day during the pandemic, but funds are now running low.

This is partly due to the cancellation of the public fair, which means that no collections could be made. The result was a negative impact on finance, which in turn made it difficult to provide practical help to the community.

Father Francis Danízio Silva, treasurer of the Itapipoca diocese, told ACN: "In these times, the support of everyone is very important. With the little we have, we can still help many people.

"Our church is poor and in need, but it is rich in the grace of God and in kind and generous people."

Father Danízio estimates that the income of believers is around 60 percent.

"What resources we had is now being exhausted," he said.

"We have been putting a lot of effort into collecting donations lately, but it is becoming very difficult now that people themselves have next to nothing."

He added, "May we never forget that helping others is one of the most effective ways to imitate our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd."

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