.- In order to commemorate the birthday of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the government of Argentina, at the request of the countryâs bishops, declared the day of August 26 as the âNational Day of Solidarity,â in order to honor all those who engage in works of solidarity during their free time. Teachers, students, members of religious communities and members of social organizations who participated in the local âParliament for Peaceâ all joined in marking the event.
Father Fabian Nieva, advisor to Caritas International, noted that in Argentina, the people are increasingly embracing solidarity as a virtue. At the same time, he said that solidarity should not be practiced only in extreme situationsâsuch as disasters or floodsâbut should rather be part of an everyday attitude.
In the northern Argentine province of Tucuman alone there are almost 10,000 volunteers who engage in works of solidarity with Caritas and other Catholic NGOs.