Pope to Donate Holy Thursday Collections to War Ravaged Somalia

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Pope Benedict XVI will donate the collection of today's Holy Thursday Mass, to the people in the violence-ravaged Horn of Africa. Today, the pope will preside over the co celebration of the April 5 Mass of the Lord's Supper and will wash the feet of 12 men at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. A statement from the Vatican says, the monies collected will be donated to the work of Caritas- the Catholic relief agency in Somalia. In January, while speaking to the international diplomatic community at the Vatican, the pope pointed to the plight of those in Somalia, describing the situation there as the saddest moment for the Somali's. The conflict in Somalia has deteriorated in recent months, with Ethiopia being drawn into the fighting and the some of worst violence in the last 15 years. Scores of people have reported to have been killed in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu, in the clashes, and thousands have fled the city. Despite the worsening security, Caritas Somalia continues to run a medical clinic in Baidoa, Somalia, providing treatment to about 2,000 people every month, according to the relief agency. Bishop Giorgio Bertin of Djibouti, president of Caritas Somalia, who serves as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Mogadishu, says the Pope's donation to the Caritas medical operation in Baidoa gives hope that peace is possible for this imartyred country.i


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