China represents a major gap in the global operations of Caritas Internationalis, the social arm of the Catholic Church, where many could benefit from vital services, according to the group’s secretary-general, reports Ucanews.
'In the map of the Caritas network worldwide, the empty figure of China cannot simply be ignored,' said Michel Roy.
Roy said that Caritas Internationalis, whose headquarters are in Rome but which operates regional offices across Asia, would like to properly support partners in China because it cannot ignore the fact that 'many Chinese people are still living in poverty' and that the Church there, 'limited as it may be, has an important role to play.'
His comments came during a three-day forum on charitable organisations that began on November 30 in Taipei, and which included representatives from mainland China and officials from Caritas organisations in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, as well as other countries that have projects in China.
One out of seven people among China’s estimated 1.3 billion is living in poverty, according to Roy. 'Caritas has the obligation' as a Catholic organization to help China show concern for the needy.
Photo: Paul Pun Chi-meng, secretary-general of Caritas Macau, speaks at the conference
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