Final Sunday was the third World Day of the Poor. The Archbishop of Dhaka took half in an occasion organised by Caritas. Minors instructed tales of abuse and violence. Properties give new hope in life. The kids, largely Muslims, say “God loves us”.
Dhaka (AsiaNews) – Card Patrick D’Rozario, Archbishop of Dhaka, on the third World Day of the Poor that he hopes the poor will discover in Catholics “a next-door saint”. Because of this, he spent the day, final Sunday, which Pope Francis has devoted to the neediest, amongst avenue youngsters, as a way to stress that the poor usually are not disposable and that their hopes won’t ever be misplaced.
The occasion, which was organised by Dhaka Regional Caritas on the campus of the Mirpur Agricultural Workshop and Coaching Faculty, included songs, dances and meals.
On the finish of the day, the prelate reminded volunteers and organisers that “God doesn’t neglect the cry of the poor. What they want is love, a smile, a listening ear. The spirituality they’ve expressed may be very clear: God loves them, they belief within the Lord, God makes use of us to like them, they need love greater than anything.”
About 120 kids have been current, ranging in age from 5 to 18 years, most of them Muslims, from three houses that host minors deserted by their mother and father, orphans, or kids of divorced mother and father who can not maintain them.
The youngsters, the cardinal stated, “earn their residing by selecting issues from the wastage and rubbish on the street. They have been beforehand residing the entire time on the street.” Because of Dream Centres, they’ll “see new hope”.
The archbishop was very impressed by a few of their tales. Actually, in the course of the occasion, a small group of 12 to 15 youngsters took the microphone and instructed their story in entrance of everybody. Even when they’d by no means heard of the message of Pope Francis for the poor, the cardinal defined, God’s mercy emerges for the weakest from their phrases.
“God loves us,” stated one. “He loves us via those that have sheltered us, who maintain us, who’ve introduced us collectively in the present day, who’re listening to us in the present day, who’re very near us exhibiting their love and affection.”
For an additional, “God the Almighty heard our cries and is defending us from tortures, beatings, rejections, abuses that we’ve got been receiving up to now whereas residing on the street.”
A grown-up lady wonders although: “What’s going to occur to me after I depart the shelter?”
For Card D’Rozario, the celebration nourished “their hope”. Because of this, he’s grateful “to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the message of ‘closeness and solidarity’ with the poor who’ve made us poorer in spirit.”
(Photograph credit score: Cardinal’s Fb web page)