This year of the pandemic, 2020, will be remembered for the rest of our lives. We will come to ask ourselves whether, during this time of trial, our faith and trust in God’s goodness have stood the test, and what we should draw from this wake-up call. Many of us will have come to realise that spiritual accompaniment is something that is just as relevant to our society as medical care and the basic necessities of life.
In many of our project partners’ countries it has become clear that the infrastructure of the state simply cannot cope with the demands of the pandemic, meaning that many people have turned to the parishes and religious orders in their time of need. And yet now, at this time of catastrophic economic collapse, these religious Sisters, Brothers and priests find themselves without the most basic means even to support themselves. And so we at ACN see it as our most urgent mission to help these faithful daughters and sons of our Church with basic subsistence support and Mass oﬀerings, so that they can continue to fulfil their mission.
I am confident that, despite your own entirely legitimate worries and concerns, we can still continue to count on your generous help.
Thomas Heine-Geldern (Executive President, ACN International)
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