The poor and the sick of Paroline and Kinshasa: “You have gone from death to life”

In Nunsicher, the cardinal met with local religious congregations and their assistants on Sunday afternoon: children, the elderly, the young, the disabled or their families abandoned by witchcraft allegations: “You are an example of love that grows on its own.” Arrived: “I will tell him to pray for you”.

Salvatore Sarnugio – Sent to Kinshasa

Several years ago on Holy Saturday morning when the monks saw him outside the door of their house, Guy’s body was covered with flies and wounds. Within a few days after the death of her two brothers, she was abandoned by her parents who accused her of witchcraft. Beaten to death, they sprinkled him with hot water; Shocked, the family left him on the sidewalk. Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus treated him at a medical center. Today Guy teaches young people French and asks them to pray for the conversion of their families.

Stories of rejection and suffering

On Sunday afternoon, he smiled at the care of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who met with him at the Kinshasa missionary Nonsichar, along with representatives of the local religious congregation and their assistants. After the morning mass rally, the Secretary of State made a point of dedicating his last appointment to the Democratic Republic of Congo to the most wounded humanity. Old people, children, unmarried women, their children, couples, teenagers, all come together in a single common misery. It takes the form of rejection and social stigma, illness and intellectual disability, even abandonment by family members. A suffering is sometimes cured only by love and even without specific medical care – among other things, the lack of financial resources to support them – religious congregations and religious realities that compensate for a large institutional void.

People who, Paroline said, “From death to life, from humiliation to dignity, from sorrow to joy”. Throughout the appointment, the cardinal gave hugs and blessings, greeted the men and women in wheelchairs, and pressed the boys’ cheeks with his bare eyes. In return, she received songs, thanksgiving and a necklace of purple roses, an Indian gift given to her by the Missionaries of Charity. They and other monks turned on the microphone to tell the story of their service “After the Example of Christ”.

Daughters and street children of St. Joseph of Xenoni

The daughters of St. Joseph of Xenoni are members of the congregation of a hospital founded in 1888 in Sardinia. It is active on four continents. Sister Mary Chimen spoke on their behalf and outlined her commitment to commonly spoken children “Street child” That they like to call “Children of God”. They go looking for them on the dusty streets of the Congolese capital, also rescuing abandoned boys sleeping under trees. Those who are young “Now there is no home or family, because they were evicted or for some other reason that we don’t always know, because of this great pain that prevented them from talking. Even some have been abducted. We have regular hot meals, hygiene. And we try to teach civic education and we teach them to pray. “, Explained Sister Mary. He presented the story of Mordecai on the street at 11 – he is now 14 years old – who dreams of becoming a pilot, or Martha and Nathalie, two blood sisters whose mother loved to get rid of them, leaving them on the sidewalk.

Cardinal Paroline greets the two young women

Cardinal Paroline greets the two young women

The help of “magicians” from the sisters of Jesus’ holy heart

Walking down the same street “Magician”, Who are accused of being witches, probably only for not being able to walk properly, and for this reason rejected by their families. These were collected by the Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who established the Telema Center for these people to avoid eating from garbage cans or to face physical and sexual violence. Guy is one of the guests; Along with him was Josephine, who lived on the streets after years of depression without bathing, wearing torn clothes, and feeding in garbage cans. “One day, one of our sisters met her, took her to our community called Bethany, took care of her, and then took her to Telema. A month later, she regained her smile, her dignity. Three months later, he was reunited with his family, and now he has a small business. “.

A story of redemption and rebirth, as reported by Sister Claudia Nicoli Cardinal, a Bergamsk monk from the Sisters of the Poor, has been present in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1952. She has been in Africa since 1996, to replace the nuns who died of the Ebola virus in Kikwit where they served the sick. “When the epidemic started, two of them who were in Kinshasa went to Kikwit, 500 kilometers away, knowing full well that they could die. Staff told them: “If you leave, you could die.” They answered: What has the Lord done for us?. For 46 years, “Povarel” has had a retirement home that welcomes others who are rejected, especially children suffering from malnutrition, orphans, homeless, the elderly. Called Sister Claudia “Our grandparents”. “Poverty makes society inhumane. The young, the sick, the elderly, who have nothing to give to their families, are set apart. With us, they welcome us like parents..

Cardinal parole in nunciature

Cardinal parole in nunciature

Reception of Missionaries of Charity

Missionaries of Charity also spoke at Nunsichar. Present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1987, Mother Teresa has deeply touched on the material and moral plight of the country, with three shelters for those who are suffering. “All forms of poverty”. They presented a young man to Cardinal Paroline when he was found 18 years old and walking naked on the street, his body covered with wounds. “He was violent, he broke the bench and scared everyone. Slowly he calmed down and started talking.. Now he has “Completely changed”, She lives at home, sings on Sundays, works for a real estate agency and is getting married soon. The cardinal saluted and blessed him. He did the same for Martin, whom the missionaries found in a box behind the door and welcomed to Kizito, 14, 9, hyperkinetic: “He talked incessantly for hours and it was hard to control. Now he is able to do some household chores..

The “dream” center of Sant’Agidio

Finally, representatives of the Sant’Agidio community spoke with the Secretary of State about the dream project for HIV-positive patients. Thanks to a support center set up in 2011, more than 1,700 people are infected with AIDS, but also receive free treatment for malnutrition, high blood pressure, diabetes, malaria and tuberculosis. During the Kovid epidemic, the center was open and its laboratory was used to diagnose or sample the virus. Volunteers are currently engaged with health workers in markets, ports, health centers with extensive sensitivity and immunization campaigns.

To all these people, Cardinal Paroline, speaking with visible emotion, assures: “I must bring your name and faces to Pope Francis, ask him to carry you in his prayers, thank God for the miracles he has done for you.” . “The Universal Church thanks you and encourages you to persevere in your work, even at the cost of difficulty and apparent failure.”Said the cardinal. “In your daily life you feel how love is shared, not divided or exhausted, but grows and grows”.

“In the song of thanks your names sound like so beautiful musical instruments that we have to present to God every day.”Cardinal added. “When you thought everything could be lost, light and life came to your pain and changed everything. Of course, not everything is rosy and you still have to face difficult times, perhaps many worries and fears of tomorrow. But God has a new path for each of you. Open up, he puts you back on your feet and invites you to walk with him.He extends his hand towards you, don’t let go..

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