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Manila Archdiocese starts Lenten donation campaign

Caritas calls on Catholics to donate money each day of Lent for disaster relief

Manila Archdiocese starts Lenten donation campaign

Shoppers visit a Caritas Manila store that sells donated items for the benefit of the poor, especially victims of disasters. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

February 9, 2018

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The social action arm of Manila Archdiocese launched its Lenten campaign this week dubbed "P40 for 40."

The idea is for people to donate 40 pesos, about US$0.80, for 40 days for projects that will benefit the poor, especially victims of disasters.

Caritas Manila noted that most Filipinos promise to abstain from something during Lent.

"Some vow to give up bad habits such as smoking while others abstain from chocolate or shopping," noted the organization.

"From these things that you give up, maybe you will be able to save at least 40 pesos a day," added the group in a social media call for donations.

At the end of the 40-day Lenten season, the organization expects every individual to save 1,600 pesos that can be used as a "lifeline" during emergencies.

"You can also declutter your home with things you no longer need and donate one stuff a day for 40 days for people in need," the group said.

Catholics around the world will usher in the start of the Lenten season on Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday. 

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