Asian Catholics Helping Myanmar Cyclone Victims

May 19, 2008

Author: S. Digal and M. M. Perera

Source: Asian News

Asia’s Churches continue to mobilise in favour of the victims of cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. In some cases they are trying to get aid into the country via Catholic channels; in others, they are collaborating with the local Buddhist community.

In the Philippines Caritas Manila is shipping its first aid collected in Manila parishes via two Burmese priests on their way home. Fr David Kyaw Kyaw Lwin and Fr Philip Maka Naw Aung are students in the Philippines but as soon as tragedy struck their homeland they decided to organise a special trip home to bring some relief.

Caritas Manila executive director Fr Anton Pascal said that his agency in coordination with Caritas Internationalis in Thailand and Burmese bishops is organising relief and rehabilitation operations.

The faithful in the Philippines haves responded with generosity to the appeal launched by Mgr Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice, and Peace. In it he had called for donations in cash and kind (clothes and food).