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The Meerut Diocese of the Catholic community has decided to help children orphaned in the second wave of the pandemic
The Meerut Diocese of the Catholic community has decided to help children orphaned in the second wave of the pandemic.
Its financial administrator, Rev Fr Jesu Amirtham, said, “Like the other communities, the Catholic community also suffered a great loss of lives in the second wave of the pandemic. After mourning the deaths of our people, we must move forward and offer our services to those whose families have been devastated in the pandemic,” he said.
He said that it has been decided to send a circular to all priests and nuns in the Meerut Diocese to look for children who had been orphaned in the pandemic, and extend help to them in every possible way.
“It is not possible to keep such children with us because of the tedious and lengthy procedure of adoption under juvenile laws. Therefore, priests and nuns have been asked to evolve some way to help these children,” Fr Amirtham said.
He said that Catholic priests had run an orphanage near Daurala town in the district for 38 years, but for some unavoidable reasons it was closed two years ago. “Our dedicated and committed priests and nuns have a long experience of doing selfless service to society, hence, they know how to find a way to help these children even without opening an orphanage for them,” said Fr Amirtham.
He said that four priests and 10 sisters of the diocese have died after contracting the Coronavirus during the second wave. These religious were in Ghaziabad, Meerut, Moradabad, Dehradun and Mussoorie.
The Meerut Diocese has 155 priests and 800 sisters with a total population of 32,000 Catholic believers in 14 districts which span from Ghaziabad to Rampur and Mussoorie in Uttarakhand.
He said that 170 fathers and 150 sisters (data is still being compiled) have died across the country.
Sharing the message of Bishop Kalist, he said that the whole Catholic community is praying for the departed souls and eradication of the virus so that peace could return.
What is a diocese?
A diocese is the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop where many churches exist. India has 174 dioceses and the Meerut Diocese comprises 14 districts of Western UP and Uttarakhand. The head of the Meerut Diocese is Bishop Francis Kalist.
Courtesy : HT