Tuesday, March 27, 2012

AMERICA : CHILE : 6 VOLUNTEERS DIE IN ACCIDENT

Agenzia Fides REPORT - The Archbishop of Concepcion, his Exc. Mgr. Fernando Chomali, expressed his condolences for the terrible loss of 6 young volunteers of the group "A Roof for Chile" who died in a car accident while on their way to work in the town of Los Alamos. According to the statement sent to Fides by the Episcopal Conference of Chile, Archbishop Chomali wanted to go in person to to bring a word of comfort to the families of volunteers. "We are deeply saddened by their departure, but think of them as He who gave his life for the poor, Christ. Only he can understand the generosity of these young people in their efforts to work for the poorest province of Arauco", said the Archbishop. The funerals were held yesterday in the Cathedral of Concepcion presided by Mgr. Pedro Ossandon, Auxiliary Bishop of Concepcion.
It remains to be explained, according to the traffic police, how the accident happened: the volunteers’ van collided head-on with a big truck for ground transportation. The Catholic group "A Roof for Chile" is a foundation of the Catholic Church made up of volunteers who build housing for those living in poor neighborhoods, offering them education, social services and microcredit, as well as advice for buying a house (see Fides 10/03/2010). (CE) (Agenzia Fides 27/3/2012)

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