Cardinal Tagle launches Global Week of Action

Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle presided over the Mass that officially launched the Share the Journey Campaign Global Week of Action held last Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the Minor Basilica and National Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz in Binondo, Manila, at 5:30 p.m.

“Today, we are opening the Week of Action which is endorsed by Pope Francis called “Share the Journey”, makibahagi sa paglalakbay. This is the program of Pope Francis and Caritas regarding a humane encounter, personal encounter with migrants all over the world especially forced migrants,” Cardinal Tagle said.

The Share the Journey’s call for Global Week of Action that runs from June 17-24, 2018 is an initiative of Pope Francis and Caritas Internationalis. The campaign was launched last September 2017 and aimed at developing a culture of personal encounter with migrants and refugees all over the world.

During his homily, Cardinal Tagle pointed out a few reasons why many people are forced to migrate.

“We have the right to migrate, to live where we want to live but many people in the world are forced to migrate, they go to countries, to other places because of poverty, because of violence, because of hunger, because of lack of work, because of conflicts, because of environmental distraction,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Cardinal Tagle who is also the president of Caritas Internationalis, stressed that there are 65 million people who walk and sail in “dangerous circumstances” without any assurance that people will welcome them.

“Everyday we hear reports, we see images and we Filipinos we know there are, they say around 10 million Filipinos who have also migrated to other lands,” he said.

Global Week of Action in the Archdiocese of Manila

Cardinal Tagle reinforced the call for the Global Week of Action by inviting the faithful to engage in simple actions and gestures that facilitate the different encounter with the displaced people in different parishes and communities.

“These actions should be simple enough to be repeated in the homes, schools and neighborhoods towards the blossoming of a welcoming and caring culture towards displaced person,” he said.

The Archdiocese of Manila, particularly the Ministry on Migrants headed by Fr. Artemio Fabros, formulated a program for the whole week.

Caritas Manila opened its clinics located in 26 different parishes to the local and international migrants on Monday, June 18 as part of the healthcare activity of the Global Week of Action.  It will be opened again on Saturday, June 23.

A migrant couple shared their plight during the Clergy Recollection of the Archdiocese of Manila held at the Lay Formation Center in San Carlos Seminary, Guadalupe, Makati on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 where Cardinal Tagle celebrated the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m.

On Thursday, June 21, Cardinal Tagle’s 61st birthday, he presided over a Mass with a group of local and international migrants at 11 a.m. whom he also shared lunch with at the Residencia del Arzobispo in Intramuros. At 5 p.m. on the same day, a Mass for migrant people was also held at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Guia, Ermita, Manila and was presided by Rev. Fr. Ramon Magana.

The Archdiocesan Youth Ministry with its commissioner, Fr.Jade Licuanan will hold Feast with Me: Worshipping and Praying Young Migrants and Refugees at Cinema 4 in SM Manila on Friday, June 22, from 8 to 10 p.m.

On the feast of the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist on Sunday, June 24, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo will lead the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Saint John the Baptist Parish in San Juan, Manila, at 5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Tagle also called on the international community to “treat migrants humanely” as well as to “send words of encouragement” to the 65 million forced migrants all over the world.

“Let us complete our Global Week of Action with attentive listening to God’s word, Eucharistic celebration, and prayer,” he said. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)







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