Week 27 – Little Story About Macau (7/12)
The Holy House of Mercy, or Santa Casa de Misericórdia, is the oldest social institution in Macau, with white-washed neoclassical structure that located in the Leal Senado Square. The building was founded in 1569 by the first Bishop of Macau, Dom Belchior Carneiro. The holy house was founded to do charitable work for the community, help the poor and sick people, especially the victims of leprosy. Also, it later served as an orphanage and refuge for widows of sailors lost at sea.
People found these words from a letter written by D. Belchior to the Jesuit General: “When I arrived in this port known as the Name of God, there were very few Portuguese houses here. Shortly after arriving, I opened a hospital, which admits both Christians and pagans. I also created a Lay Fraternity of the Holy House of Mercy to give succour to all the poor and miserable and needy…”