Caritas website accumulates offers of help for migrants
Prague: The Caritas Czech Republic launched a website on 24th September 2015 where people can easily offer their help of various kinds: free accommodation capacities, material support or some sort of service including translation, interpreting and language teaching.
“Our aim is to gather offers of help and transfer them according to actual and current needs to regions or to use them for help abroad,” said Lukáš Curylo, director of the Caritas Czech Republic that operates more than 320 local organizations throughout the country. “I hope that this tool can be useful and bring benefits for refugees,” added Curylo.
The address of the database is www.pomocuprchlikum.charita.cz. The website was created in response to the Statement of the presidency of the Czech Bishops’ Conference from 10th Sept. as well as an appeal of Pope Francis from 6th Sept. It is available in Czech only; more information on how to help can be found at the Caritas website.
Bishops supported the Catholics of China
The Czech Bishops' Conference has supported an initiative for the release and to get current information in the case of Chinese Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin; at the same time, the Czech bishops appreciated the efforts of Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun aimed at improvement of the situation of the Chinese Catholics. Full text of the appeal is given below.
Pope Francis blessed the painting of Our Lady of Lidice
On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Rome, Pope Francis blesses the painting of Our Lady of Lidice, created by Czech painter Zdirad Čech. At the same time, the Holy Father met Veronika Rýmonová, a survival of the Lidice massacre, as a part of the commemoration of the tragedy’s 75th anniversary.