The Justice Development and Peace Caritas Commission (JDPC), Awka Catholic Diocese, recently joined the rest of the world to mark the annual International Day for The Poor.
Over four hundred destitute from different denominations and origins received all kinds of gift items, ranging from clothing, consumables, footwear and cash gift.
Addressing the beneficiaries during the celebration at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, the Director, JDPC, Awka Diocese, Rev. Fr. Simon Anigbogu, said it was a directive by the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Francis, as approved by the diocesan bishop, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, to mark the day as a special day for the poor, noting that it was commemorated in all the Catholic Churches across the globe.
Fr. Anigbogu said that the celebration would not just end at the diocesan level, but that it would be marked at various parishes in the diocese, noting that the celebration was done by the St. Patrick’s Cathedral JDPC in conjunction with the diocesan JDPC.
We are highly grateful to Pope Francis for this wonderful initiative. We also want to use this medium to thank our Diocesan bishop for this approval. He supported us immeasurably. He provided all what we are sharing today.
We invited them regardless of who they are. You can see them. No question was asked about their background, denominations or origin. We are concerned about their welfare,’ Fr. Anigbogu said.
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