By Chidi Nkwopara, Owerri
The Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province has distributed some items of food and made cash donations worth thousands of Naira to over 500 destitute and physically challenged citizens in the state.
The food items distributed to the indigent physically challenged citizens as part of the yearly activities lined up for the less privileged citizens during Christmas, included bags of rice, garri, meat, beans, soaps, condiments, milk; tubers of yam, clothes, shoes and a number of other items.
Speaking during event held at the Odenigbo Pavilion of the Maria Assumpta Catholic Cathedral, Owerri, Archbishop Anthony Obinna pointed out that the ceremony is an annual event instituted by the Archdiocese to give a sense of belonging to the poor in our midst.
Archbishop Obinna reminded Christians that Christmas is a period of caring and almsgiving and charged them to always show love to the less privileged at all times.
He lauded the urban parishes of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese for sustaining the yearly programme and invoked Godâ€™s blessings on those that made free will donations towards the event.
Speaking also, the Archdiocesan Coordinator of Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Rev. Fr. Casmir Nze, disclosed that urban parishes in the Archdiocese feed over 200 indigent people weekly through the Eucharistic Care Mass celebrations initiated by the parishes.