Communion of Communities in Marawi Crisis

“Siguro nakita nila, common humanity. Kapatid ito. Kung ako nagdurusa, nagdurusa rin ito. Kung ako may pangarap, may pangarap din ito. At kapag kaya nating makita yon, mas malakas yan, mas malakas yan.”

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle puts emphasis on communion of communities as he answered a question on the attempt of extremists group to use the crisis in Marawi City to heat up fight between the Muslims and Catholics during the press conference of the Fourth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE4).

“Kung sino man ang nagplano na hatiin ang mga Kristiyano at Muslim, mukhang inis na inis ngayon, kasi hindi nagtatagumpay lagi,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Amidst the crisis happening in Marawi where many lives are lost, Cardinal Tagle encouraged the Filipinos to be hopeful and positive even though their situation allows them to give up.  He also asked them to help each other and allow love to reign in their hearts.

“Ito ang, ang pakiusap ko sa ating lahat, ano ho, bagama't kitang kita natin ang mga problema, ang mga sakuna, nakikita natin ang kadiliman, sana maging attentive din tayo doon sa mga signs of hope, mga signs of love, signs of light, ano ho, na kahit nasa disyerto na ng paghihirap, meron diyang mamumulaklak na pag-ibig, na pagdamay,” he said.

Cardinal Tagle also stressed the message of unity and harmony amidst diversity when he told stories of Muslims helping Christians whose lives were in danger.  He also mentioned stories of Christians caring for their Muslim brothers.

Also during the press conference held at Arzobispado de Manila, Fr. Jason Laguerta, head of the Office of Promotion on New Evangelization spoke about the theme of PCNE4: “Of One Heart and Soul.”  

“Kaya dito iikot ang ika-apat na konperensiya ng new evangelization sa pagpapaliwang at pagpapayag ng mesnsahe ng pagkakaisa sa gitna ng pagkakaiba, ang mensahe ng kapayaapaan sa gitna ng mga hidwaan at ang mensahe ng Panginoon na tayo ay magmahalaan sa gitna ng mga pagkamuhi at galit sa ating mga puso.”

PCNE4 is a three-day gathering in the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities that will happen from July 28-30, 2017 at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion.

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