To the editor:
Response to letter: “Nepal needs more than prayers”
Where is the Catholic Church?
Although prayer is a cornerstone to our faith, so is service to those in need and the Catholic Church is indeed helping out in Nepal.
The Catholic Church is not just the Vatican, or the Cardinals or the Pope for that matter, but the hundreds of millions of members who live all over the world. Catholics across Canada are donating money to Nepal through our organization, Development and Peace.
As well, Jesuit Fr. Perumana, head of the Catholic agency Caritas Nepal, has reported that they have helped 31,000 people with temporary shelter and provided thousands of families with food. Over the next few months the agency will reach over 175,000 people.
Fr. Perumana himself, along with hundreds of priests, sisters, deacons and laity are in Nepal working with the victims.
To answer your question: Where is the Catholic Church when it is needed so desperately? We are in Nepal, spiritually through the power of prayer, financially through the millions of dollars that we are sending and physically through the countless hours spent working to provide the survivors with their basic needs.