Catholic bishops have urged devotees to provide medicines and dry rations for the needy at a time when Sri Lankan is mired in crises.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka (CBCSL) in a statement released on Oct. 28 urged people to be sensitive to those who are suffering in the country.
“All expenses should be reserved for providing dry rations, milk powder for children, and medicines to the poor and needy people,” said the statement issued by CBCSL president Bishop Harold Anthony Perera and secretary general Bishop J.D. Anthony Jayakody.
“We urge devotees to refrain from making Christmas a mere occasion for external celebrations,” the prelates said.
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948. It has struggled with medicine shortages since last June. The United Nations World Food Programme and the Food Agriculture Organization have warned that an estimated 6.3 million people are facing moderate to severe acute food insecurity in the country.
“Christmas is a time to heal our country and bring comfort to the poor and suffering people,” said the prelates.
The state statistics department said the consumer price index rose to a new high of 73.7 percent in September. Annual food price inflation picked up to 85.8 percent from 84.6 percent in August.