The chairman of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, made an appeal to the shepherds and faithful of the Catholic Church in Poland for prayer and material help for Afghans. On Sunday, September 5, the Church in Poland will celebrate the Day of Solidarity with Afghans.
The bishops gathered on August 25 in Jasna Góra during the Council of Diocesan Bishops unanimously supported the idea of a nationwide collection for Afghans suffering from the change of power in their country. Therefore, the chairman of the KEP, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, issued a special appeal in which he announced the Day of Solidarity with Afghans, indicating the date of September 5, the press office of the Episcopate informed.
“Listening to the voice of Pope Francis, who called all people of good will to ‘pray to the God of peace, that the jaws of arms would fall silent and that solutions could be found at the table of dialogue’, I appeal to the shepherds and the faithful of the Church in Poland for prayer and material help for the suffering people of Afghanistan “, wrote Archbishop Gądecki.
On Sunday, the Church in Poland celebrates the Day of Solidarity with Afghans
He called on Sunday, September 5, to ask God for peace in Afghanistan and for Afghans during the common prayer in every church and chapel in Poland, and to organize a fundraiser for them after the Holy Masses.
“The collected funds will be allocated to long-term support for Caritas’ activities for migrants and refugees, both in Poland and abroad” – announced the chairman of the KEP. He also announced that in cooperation with Caritas in Pakistan, a three-month humanitarian intervention of immediate aid for approximately 1,500 families will begin.
He also pointed out that there are already Migrant and Refugee Centers in Poland run by Caritas Polska and diocesan Caritas. “Caritas Polska will launch a nationwide program of support for refugees in our homeland – from spiritual, psychological and social assistance, through linguistic, legal and medical assistance, to professional counseling, intercultural support and support for parish volunteering and communication with the media” – we read in the appeal.
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