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Vatican announces Health Care for Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon
Vatican City, 27 Nov 2013: A Vatican’s project for the Health Care for Syrian refugee Children in Lebanon – has been announced at a Press Conference on Wednesday in the Vatican. Organized by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Children's Hospital Bambino Gesù and Caritas Lebanon – all partners in the Project – the Press conference gave some details of the project.
Introducing the project, Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, said that this mission signals the strong commitment and collaboration that different structures of the Holy See, united by sharing the ministry of charity and from the testimony of Gospel to the least, have been able to develop. It's an extraordinary demonstration of how
the Church knows how to act with one heart under the banner of the Cross, the desire to tie in more and more closely with the charity and evangelization.
However, he said, with the allocated fund, we can only help 3 or 4 thousand children, but suggested that with the approaching Christmas, a period in which, unfortunately, consumerism often surpasses the message of the Annunciation of the Birth of Jesus, we can make a difference by helping these children suffering because of the war in Syria. "Cor Unum" is the instrument of the Holy Father for the promotion of charity.
The Cardinal also announced that he along with Secretary of ‘Cor Unum’, Bishop Giampietro Dal Toso, will make a trip to Lebanon from 4 to 8 December.
We could not remain indifferent in the face of difficult situation as that of the Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, said Prof. Joseph Profiti, president of the Children's Hospital Bambino Gesù, often called ‘Pope’s Hospital’. It is a specific mission for Bambino Gesù. He recalled the remarks of Pope Francis to diffuse the crisis there. The Hospital plans to provide adequate health services through doctors and nurses and other trained personals.
The Children's Hospital Child Jesus is not only the largest Hospital and pediatric Research Centre in Europe, which will celebrate 90th anniversary in 2014 of the donation of the Hospital to the Holy See by the Salviati family, which in 1869 had founded in Rome the first Children's Hospital in the history of Italy. In 1924, to ensure its certain future, the family donated it to the Pope, who since then has always promoted support for the protection of children's health.
Father Simon Faddoul, President of Caritas Lebanon, saluted the God-sent Pope Francis saying, he has set great example for us in following in the footsteps of Our Lord Jesus who Bestowed love and compassion upon the poor of the world. Giving details to the services of Caritas Lebanon he said, it has served since April 2011, 32,000 families, that is around 160,000 individuals (94.3% Muslims and 5.7 % Christians).
Caritas Lebanon is working with around 382 schools to help children with tuition fees and school supplies. Caritas Lebanon will be "providing Necessary infrastructures and human resources in an adequate manner and will be Directly responsible for the management of financial and other contributions provided by Cor Unum and Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital.
There are more than 2 million Syrians refugees, of whom more than 800 thousand only
Lebanon, Jordan 515 000, 460 000 in Turkey. 52 % of whom are children and children under 17 years.
Source: VR Sedoc