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Ranchi: As part of their benevolent gesture, priests and other members of the Ranchi Archdiocese led by Arch Bishop Felix Toppo SJ and Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas SFX on Thursday visited a small helmet of Chunwatoli near Birsa Munda bus stand and distributed food packets among 150 poor families residing there.
Volunteers of the Ranchi Catholic Youth also accompanied the Arch Bishop during his visit to the helmet, mostly inhabited by daily wage earners. The natives have been leading a miserable life after their earnings were heavily impacted due to the impact of Covid pandemic. A section of the residents of Chunwatoli, who have been struggling for survival since Corona times, approached the Archbishop house for help.
The Ranchi Archdiocese distributed food packets containing rice, dal (pulses), chana (chickpeas), soybean chugs and cooking oil among over 150 families at Chunwatoli.
Opening the proceedings, Ranchi Catholic Youth President Kuldeep Tirkey told the people that they had come to help them with aid from the people with generous hearts of the Catholic Church and not from the government.
Archbishop Felix Toppo led a short prayer invoking the help and protection of the Almighty. He thanked God for inspiring them to be with the people in difficult times and to feel the pain and the crisis they are going through. “We all are children of God and God loves every one and so He helps us through different means and different people,” said Toppo in his prayers.
He also prayed for God’s grace so that in this difficult time we continue to stand together and support each other.
While addressing the gathering Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas SFX said the Archdiocese had also come out with help to one and all in distress during the Corona phase, irrespective of the religions the beneficiaries hail from.
Bishop Theodore dismissed the allegations that the Churches doled out help to the people to make them convert and said that they were doing the service the humanity as the wish of the God. “We are here to serve selflessly because we feel that the people in distress need help. We pray that whichever God you believe in and whichever religion you adhere to, may the Almighty help you and protect you,” the Bishop said.
The Bishop urged the people to pray to you God and the generous people who helped them take the food packets to them. He pointed out that those, who accused the Church of falsely of converting people by distributing essential commodities, should try and come forward to help the people instead of spreading the rumors.
Fr. Sushil Toppo, Fr. Anjelus Ekka, the President of the Ranchi Catholic youth, youth members and the Catholic Sabha members of Chunwa Toli participated in the distribution.