October 3, 2021
The Church of St Anthony started its Caritas chapter a month ago after the Penang Diocese gave subsides to help feed the needy. Parish priest of seven years Fr Arulnathan Joseph said, “There are seven of us in the ministry; three youths, three adults and me. The members identified some 50 people in need and gave them food packets worth RM70 each. A local supermarket helped us pack the individual bags with items like rice, milk powder, dried food, vegetables, noodles, and eggs as individual packs. “Most recipients were non-Christians. We even went to a petrol station to give food packs to some of its employees, as we heard they were struggling. We are currently identifying other people in need to give food packets to next month.”
Caritas is the charitable arm of the Roman Catholic Church. It is to spearhead the church’s social mission, to respond to humanitarian crisis, promote integral human development and advocate on the causes of poverty and violence.
Caritas Penang comes under the jurisdiction of The Titular Roman Catholic Bishop of Penang.
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