Czech Catholics help to those affected by Hurricane Harvey
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Involved in the initiative are the Czech Bishops’ Conference, the Caritas Czech Republic, the Archdiocese of Prague, the Archdiocesan Caritas in Olomouc and in Prague, Diocesan Caritas in Ostrava and Opava as well as regional Caritas organizations in Kyjov and in Otrokovice.
“Swift financial help to those in need is a sign of solidarity that should be natural for Christians. The Americans have helped a lot to our Church in the past and this is an opportunity to pay back this debt, even partially. And what’s more – the hurricane hit a region where many Czechs live, and this is one more reason for a help from the Czech Republic,” said Father Stanislav Přibyl, secretary general of the Czech Bishops’ Conference.
Representatives of the conference – Cardinal Dominik Duka, president, Archbishop Jan Graubner, vice-president, and Bishop Václav Malý, president of the Council for Justice and Peace – have already sent a letter to Cardinal Daniel Nicholas DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, assuring him that the Czech Catholics haven’t forgotten the victims of the disaster.
“We feel a deep sympathy with the affected in Texas, because we in the Czech Republic have experienced floods in the past,” said director of the Caritas Czech Republic Lukáš Curylo. The current financial help is not the first occurrence of a mutual help between the faithful in the Czech Republic and in the USA: people in the then-flooded Moravia were helped by the American Catholics in 1997 and in autumn 2001, the Czech Caritas sent more than USD 4,500 – proceeds of a collection held in the Czech Republic after 9/11.
The Czech Bishops’ Conference, the Caritas Czech Republic and the Archdiocesan Caritas Olomouc will now send USD 5,000 each, the Archdiocesan Caritas Prague and the Archdiocese of Prague will contribute by 3,000 each, Diocesan Caritas in Ostrava and Opava and the regional Caritas organizations in Kyjov and in Otrokovice will send 1,000 each. Those willing to join can send their money to the bank account of the Caritas Czech Republic.
(Transl.: Jiří Gračka)