AIS Foundation sends emergency aid to Sri Lankan dioceses

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The Foundation Aid to the Church in Suffering (AIS) will send special aid to the dioceses of Sri Lanka, responding to an appeal by various Church officials.

The country is going through a deep economic, political and social crisis, having led the new President, Ranil Wickremesinghe, to renew the state of emergency.

According to the Bishop of Kandy and Apostolic Administrator of Chilaw, quoted by AIS, “the economic situation in the country is very serious. There are many poor people, without medicine or food. There are long lines for miles and miles of people trying to buy fuel, gasoline, powdered milk, sugar, rice, medicine.”

“Numerous people died in the queues while waiting to be able to purchase basic necessities. There are children who died due to lack of security in their homes, as their parents were absent for a long time”, adds the prelate.

According to Bishop Valence Mendis, the country seems to succumb to the gigantic difficulties of a collapsing economy and not even the Church escapes, failing to respond to its own needs, and without the necessary means to help alleviate the suffering of the populations.

“Many people lost their jobs and prices went up astronomically. It doesn’t do anything. Our priests and religious have also been severely affected by the crisis”, says the bishop, asking for help through Mass stipends for “financial assistance to religious houses at this critical time”.

As an immediate response, AIS decided to support a total of 19 projects to help priests and emergency assistance programs for religious and catechists. The total aid will be around 460 thousand euros.

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