Fresh from a series of sell-out concerts in the UK and Europe, rock legend Bruce Springsteen has reaffirmed his commitment to Christian charity, by making a whopping $250,000 donation to Caritas.
The Boss pledged the cash to Caritas Denmark, after performing at the Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen. The funds will be used to help farmers in Uganda.
Springsteen, who is best known for monster hits like ‘Born in the USA’, ‘Born to Run’, and ‘Glory Days’ makes no secret of his Catholic upbringing, noting that it endowed him with an ‘active sense of spiritual life’.
And commentators have made much of his song writing, which frequently delves into moral and social issues.
The 62 year old star claims family roots which reach back to Ireland through a paternal great-great grandmother, who left the Emerald Isle in the potato famine years.
And the family remained religious; his parents sending young Bruce to a Catholic school to be educated by nuns.
He later told the Irish Times: “I got completely brainwashed with Catholicism as a child. Once you’re a Catholic, you’re always a Catholic . . .”
Now the star has demonstrated his support for the work of the Church once again; putting his hand in his pocket and handing over money which will make a huge difference to the lives of many.
“This donation shows The Boss really does have the human touch,” said Val Morgan, communications officer for Caritas’ Scottish sister charity, SCIAF.
She added: “The population of Northern Uganda were terrorised by the ruthless Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army for many years.
“Now the war is over it's vital they receive all the help they can get to recover and start fending for themselves.
“On behalf of our sister agency we are extremely grateful for this help. It will change many lives for the better.”
As a country, Uganda is recovering from more than 20 years of civil war between the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army and Ugandan government forces.
As a result of the war, 1.8 million people were displaced with an estimated 30,000 children being abducted by the LRA. Today approximately 35 per cent of the Ugandan population live below the poverty line.
- Want to know more about how a movement of prayer and faith helped defeat the 'Lord's Resistance Army' in Uganda? Read John Miles' book Overcoming The Powers of Hell.
July 26th, 2012 - Posted & Written by Simon Cross