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Denmark: Copenhagen, new Caritas centre. Support, social programmes, training and prayers

Tomorrow, Friday September 8th, a new Caritas centre will be unveiled in Vesterbro, in central Copenhagen, in the church of the Holy Heart of Jesus. “The idea is to create a place for charitable initiatives in the metropolitan area”, a release explains. “Specific services will be available to support specific groups, in the form of advice and social programmes, but the premises will also be used to train volunteers, as a point of information about Caritas and as a place of prayer for the poor and needy”. Two years ago, the building, owned by the Jesuit fathers, was donated to the diocese, which refurbished the building to convert part into a home for the bishop and the priests of the congregation of the Sacred Heart and the ground floor into the Caritas centre, to respond, with the help of volunteers, to “the many social needs of Vesterbro and the rest of the capital”. The advisory service, “mainly for families, children and young people”, run by a group of social workers, will be the first to open. Then, a place for “au pairs who can meet in their breaks, attend social programmes, find information and guidance about their rights and opportunities” will open. Two moments of prayer a week will start last: the silent adoration of the Sacrament on Sunday evenings and a meeting of guided prayer on Wednesday nights. The centre will open its doors on Friday night, just after Mass at 05.00 pm.

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