Panama’s Ministry of Finance Recognizes Scientology Benefits the Greater Community
PANAMA CITY, Panama, September 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Scientologists of Panama have a lot to celebrate. Not only is Scientology recognized as a religion, but it now enjoys full tax exemption and is registered with the Panamanian tax authorities as a community organization that operates and works for the benefit of the community.
Additionally, the country has finally lifted all COVID restrictions. And the Mission of the Church of Scientology of Panama is now free to offer its full range of religious services to its parishioners and the community.
The Mission of the Church of Scientology of Panama received religious recognition in 2019 and held its grand opening in October of the same year. But it wasn’t until five months later that the pandemic hit in March 2020and everything changed.
Local Scientologists have stepped in to help social services deal with the country’s dire need for assistance. In the early days of the lockdown, they volunteered with the Ministry of Social Development to deliver food to the most vulnerable. They worked with the country’s civil defense service, organising, packing and distributing supplies.
The Church of Scientology International has published a series of illustrated booklets in 21 languages, including Spanish, making it easy for everyone to understand how to apply the most effective protocols to keep people healthy. Volunteers from the Panama Mission distributed these booklets to stores and businesses for their clients and took them door to door to families throughout the community.
Mission Scientology Volunteer Ministers have been trained in the most stringent sanitation and disinfection protocols and have undertaken to disinfect children’s homes, orphanages, juvenile centers, nursing homes and nursing homes to ensure the health and safety of vulnerable members of the community.
Volunteers then reached out to places of worship to ensure the health and safety of their congregations, sanitizing Evangelical and Catholic churches and cathedrals and the Baha’i Temple.
As the country began to reopen, the mission launched teams of volunteers to initiate humanitarian programs to empower the community with human rights awareness initiatives, promote the values of common sense and decency, and an evidence-based drug education and prevention initiative. to protect young people from substance abuse and addiction. Teams of volunteers offered seminars at schools and at community programs, businesses and sports groups. They participated in parades, marches and other community activities.
But now, with all restrictions lifted, the Mission can fulfill its primary purpose: to provide Scientology services.
In consecrating the Mission in 2019, the Director of Mission Giselle Lima announced that the Church is there to serve the individual and the whole community.
“Thanks to this new Church of Scientology in PanamaI hope to see each of you experience the solutions this new Church has to offer for you and for society at large,” she said.
“As. Ron Hubbard said: “A civilization without madness, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and the honest can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights, are the goals of scientology.’
“Together we can make this a reality, in this dynamic and important country.”
This article was originally published on the Scientology Religious Freedom Blog.
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SOURCE Church of Scientology International