Lenten fund helps Caritas at Christmas

ucanews.com reporter, Lahore, Pakistan

November 14, 2012

Lenten collections received this year have provided Caritas Pakistan Lahore (CPL) with the wherewithal to help the needy as Christmas approaches, an official with the aid group has said. Father Joseph Louis, executive secretary of CPL, said a Lenten fundraising campaign collected about 5.4 million rupees (US$5,625), which the group will use to provide groceries and other resources to families in need. “We wanted to spread Christmas joy among those who deserve it the most,” Fr. Louis said. “The increasing cost of living in the country is posing greater challenges for rehabilitation centers.” One such organization is the Home of Love, which is run by the Missionaries of Charity and assists mentally and physically challenged people in Lahore. “We have a mixed gathering of Christians and Muslims, and celebrating holy feasts like Christmas and Eid is a special part of our therapy,” said a Home of Love staff member who asked not to be named.