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COVID-19: Jalingo Catholic diocese distributes palliatives to needy members, security agencies, others

The Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese Charles Hammawa on Wednesday distributed food items, hand sanitizers and face masks to the poor members of the Church, security agencies, Nurses, as well as other needy members in Taraba.

Hammawa, who flagged off the distribution at the Pastoral centre in Jalingo, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a challenging time when charity has to be done practically more than ever before.

The Clergy noted that even though everyone is hit hard by the pandemic, some sections of the society are worst hit and even though it is not possible to reach out to all the people, it is very important to reach as many as possible even if with just a meal.

“It is a sad reality that we have come to stay with this pandemic that has turned life upside down, especially for the less-privileged sections of our society. Human life and value are put to the test; it now shows how fleeting and transient life is. This is a time, more than ever before, to show charity in a practical ways, no matter how little,” he said.

“The Diocese is reaching out to the poorest and most vulnerable in our parishes. We are also reaching out to our Muslim bothers through the Muslim Council, as well as those in the frontline such as security agencies and nurses. It is a sign that we live in solidarity. It is during such difficult times that we are called to put our faith to practical use,” Hammawa said.

He urged the people to “obey constituted authorities and imbibe good hygiene while practicing social distancing,” as he expressed confidence that the lessons to be drawn from the COVID-19 pandemic experience would help to make the nation stronger and better, if only the leaders would genuinely chose to chart a new and better course thereafter.

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to our correspondent expressed gratitude for the gesture of the Church at the trying moment.

BusinessDay reports that foodstuff was shared to about five parishes in the diocese while hand sanitizers and face masks were given to security agencies and other sections of the society.

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