Caritas celebrates 70th anniversary with Solemn Mass

Caritas Macau will celebrate its 70th anniversary on December 8th with a Solemn Mass at the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady. The celebration will be presided over by Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang and stands as an opportunity to thank God for the work done by the organization on behalf of the most disadvantaged, Paul Pun told O CLARIM. 

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The religious ceremony is the highlight of a program of celebrations characterized by wariness and circumspection. On the 23rd and 24th of November, Caritas reviewed the work it has developed over the last seven decades, in a symposium that brought together more than six hundred people: “We are not going to celebrate our 70th anniversary with banquets or something alike. On December 8th, at 3 PM, in the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady, we will have a Eucharistic celebration, presided over by Bishop Stephen Lee. It’s an occasion to give thanks for the work we’ve done,” Paul Pun told O CLARIM.  “At the end of November, on November 23rd and 24th, Caritas organized a symposium, in which we were given the opportunity to share our mission and to promote what we see as our responsibility to the world. During those two days, we had a few of our own people sharing information about the work they do. Around 600 participants joined this initiative,” the Secretary General of Caritas added. 

The symposium covered the work that Caritas Macau has been developing in areas such as elderly care and the support of migrant workers, but also the provision of physiotherapy and other aspects of social service.

On its platinum anniversary, the organization did not forget one of the most emblematic initiatives to which it lends its name, the Caritas Bazaar. The event didn’t have the sort of projection that it used to have in other years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the current circumstances did not jeopardize its popularity. Well-aware of the affection that the initiative arouses among the local population, Caritas launched a challenge to Macau residents and is requesting photos that can help to document the history of an event that spans more than five decades: “We would like people to send us photographs that they might have taken in previous editions of the Bazaar. If they have any photos, they are more than welcome to share them with Caritas. Caritas is making an effort to collect this type of asset,” Paul Pun says. “This year the 52nd  edition of the Bazaar took on a different format. But let’s assume that someone joined the 30th edition of the Bazaar and took some photographs. What Caritas is asking people, if they joined the event in the past, is to share with us the photos that they might have taken,” the Secretary-general of Caritas reaffirmed.