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(CNA/EWTN News) - In the wake of a devas- tating earthquake, the Archdiocese of Mexico City has announced that anyone needing med- ical care can go to the Catholic Churchs clinics and hospitals even if they are unable to pay. On Sept. 19, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake devastated Mexico City and surrounding areas, killing more than 300 and leaving thousands homeless. Health care law in Mexico requires that medi- cal services are provided on a sliding scale, con- sidering the ability of patients to pay. In light of the current situation, the archdiocese has announced that it will provide medical services even if you cant pay on the sliding scale. To help defray their costs, donations of any kind are also being requested, especially ban- dages, toiletries, antiseptics, gauze or medica- tions in good condition, not used or expired. Father Pedro Velasquez, director of the pasto- ral commission on health care for the Archdio- cese of Mexico, noted that this service is being provided thanks to volunteers from Catholic universities, especially from Anahuac Universi- tys north and south campuses. Father Velasquez described the first moments after the quake struck. Initially people cut with lying glass came in, or with various kinds of trauma; weve treated fractures, bruises, those are the things we normally treat when theres an emergency, the priest said. We also give medications to people with chronic problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or even a nervous breakdown, he added. Finally, Father Velasquez encouraged Mexi- cans to keep their faith, and to see that despite the suffering brought by the quake, natural catastrophes are an opportunity God gives us to show our support for one another and to use our personal talents to serve others. www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC RESPECT LIFE October 6, 2017 5 RAFAEL S. FABRES COURTESY OF CNA/GETTY IMAGES Rescuers work in the rubble after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck on Sept. 19, 2017 in Mexico City. COOPER OFFICE EQUIPMENT Full Copier Line From Tabletop To Networkable Digital Laser Systems (906) 228-6929 Phone 800-432-7682 Fax 800-908-8542 Purchase & Lease Options Authorized KONICA Printers-Copiers Dealer Have you considered placing a paid advertisement thanking a special priest, nun, deacon, staff member, organist, parishioner, teacher or anyone else who deserves it? Our November 17th Pre-Thanksgiving Issue might be just the right place. Contact Deacon Steve at 1-866-452-5112 upc@new.rr.com Hurry though, the ad cut-off is 10/27/17 Check out The U.P. Catholic's YouTube channel Visit www. YouTube.com/ TheUPCatholic Archdiocese offers earthquake victims free medical care Special collection set for disaster relief Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the earthquake in central Mexico, Bishop John Doerfler is asking all parishes to take up a special collection during the weekend of Oct. 21-22, 2017. It will aid long-term recovery ef- forts for those affected by the natural disasters across the Caribbean, southern United States and Mexico. Collection proceeds will be divid- ed equally among the causes. A collection was taken up earlier for Hurricane Harvey relief.

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