Kalookan diocese creates health care ministry in all parishes

Kalookan diocese creates health care ministry in all parishes

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan. FILE PHOTO

By CBCP News

April 11, 2021

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic diocese has decreed the creation of health care ministry in all its parishes to support not just the spiritual but also the physical well-being of church members.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan said the move is part of the local Church’s response to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic.

“I asked them to put up a health care ministry in every parish in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” David told Radio Veritas.

He asked parishes to organize volunteers and partners with concerned local government agencies.

The prelate said they want to help in the monitoring of people infected with coronavirus.

The diocese, he added, also provide patients small packages containing medicines and vitamins as well as rosaries and prayer cards.

“We want to make them feel that they are cared for, not just spiritually but also physically, psychologically, and emotionally,” David said.

The Kalookan diocese is composed of 31 parishes and 15 mission stations in the cities of Navotas, Malabon, and Caloocan.

Metro Manila and nearby provinces have been under lockdown since last month as hospitals in the capital struggle to cope with a surge in Covid-19 cases.

The government has also suspended all public religious services in churches across the National Capital Region and the provinces of Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, and Bulacan.

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