The Church’s involvement in justice, peace and human development must be viewed as the social dimension of the Church’s mission to evangelize. Evangelization, by its very nature, is liberative and is “a service rendered to the Christian Community and also to the whole of humanity”. It has the potential to “transform humanity from within making it new”. (Evangelii Nuntiandi 1,18). Issues of justice, peace and human development, while being integral to the social life of the human person, must be viewed as a constitutive part of the Church’s mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation.
Caritas SED Galle has always been renowned for her work and being in solidarity with the poorest of the poor. Information gathering, exposure – immersion programmes of the SED Galle, have personally touched the committed work force and have made an immense impact in the hearts and minds of the people in the Southern Province for the last so many years. For SED Galle, compassion is seeing Jesus in the eyes of beggars, malnourished and special children, education, tortured prisoners, massacred youth, forlorn widows, traumatized children, farmers and fisher folk, voiceless and stateless tea plantation workers, migrants and refugees and much more.
For us in the diocese of Galle, the issues related to justice, peace, human rights and community development become a part of our mission, leading to concentrated action at various levels for a more just and equitable society.
It is my hope that Caritas SED Galle, together with the Diocese of Galle, would take an even greater interest and leadership in this all important area of Christian witness.
+ Most Rev.Dr. Raymond Wickramasinghe
Bishop of Galle