Friday, 16 November 2018 06:26

Pope Francis urges faithful to hear the cry of the poor


“This poor man cried and the Lord heard him.” (Psalm 34:6)

In his message for the Second World Day of the Poor released on June 13, 2018, Pope Francis asked the faithful to hear the cry of the poor people.

“We can ask ourselves how their plea, which rises to the presence of God, can fail to reach our own ears, or leave us cold and indifferent. On this World Day of the Poor, we are called to make a serious examination of conscience, to see if we are truly capable of hearing the cry of the poor,” Pope Francis said.

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Heeding this call of the Holy Father in the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, the Archdiocese of Manila will mark its second Archdiocesan celebration of the World Day of the Poor on November 17, 2018, at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Central Seminary Gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 11:00 a.m. at the Santisimo Rosario Parish in UST, Espana.

According to Rev. Fr. Eric Adoviso, Head of the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Services who spearheaded the event, this year’s celebration will allow the faithful to be in the shoes of the poor who will share their struggles and joy as they battle poverty.

“Meron tayong  mga mahihirap na mag-sha-share ng kanilang true to life na story. May dramatization na ipapakita para mas maunawaan natin ang buhay ng mahihirap. Tayo, bilang mga tao ng Simbahan, makinig tayo sa mga panaghoy nila at tugunan natin ito. Kasi kinakailangan nating buksan ang sarili nating mga mata at making sa mga kwento nila,” Fr. Adoviso said.

The World Day of the Poor was established by the Holy Father Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera that was issued on November 20, 2016, to celebrate the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. It is celebrated every 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, this year falls on November 18.

In his circular letter to the priests and religious men and women released in September, Cardinal Tagle said that the archdiocese’s preparation for the World Day of the Poor is “a declaration that a true Filipino promotes the dignity of their neighbors, especially the poor.”

“May dangal ang bawat tao at Pilipino na dapat kilalanin, igalang at ipagtanggol. Hindi nambubusabos ng kapwa ang marangal na Pilipino,” he said. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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