Tuesday, 26 November 2019 05:33

World Day of the Poor calls for Integral Human Development


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist marking the Third World Day of the Poor at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate, Manila, on November 16, 2019.

Speaking in front of the faithful who attended the half-day event, Cardinal Tagle reflected on the theme for the celebration, as chosen by Pope Francis, “The Hope of the Poor will not perish forever.”

”Ang pag-asa ng mga dukha ay hindi maglalaho, magpakailanman o pang walang hanggan, hindi mamamatay ang pag-asa ng mga dukha. Bakit? Kasi sabi sa Salmo ang inaasahan ng dukha ay ang Diyos,” the Cardinal said.

Photo by: Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

Before the Mass, a dialogue called “Panayam, Pag-Asa” was held with the poor and the marginalized. The segment exposed the different faces and experiences of the poor and how they were able to find hope amidst the pains and struggles in life.

As the Cardinal encouraged the faithful to be in solidarity with the poor, he stressed that aside from the material assistance we extend like giving them clothes and feeding their stomach, more important is to feed them spiritually.

“Alam mo, siguro yan ang isang tanong na dapat tanungin lagi kasi ito ang laging direksiyon ng simbahan. Ang tawag natin ay integral human development. Yung lumago ang buong tao. Lahat ng aspeto ng kanyang pagkatao,” Cardinal Tagle told the Archdiocesan Office of Communications.

“At dahil ang tao ay nilalang ng Diyos, lahat ng aspeto na yun ay kasama sa evangelization hindi natin pwedeng paghiwa-hiwalayin,” he added.

Cardinal Tagle added that human integral development is part of the mission of the Church in the evangelization.

“At ang pangangailangan ng kabuuan ng tao, kailangang mahipo ng Gospel, ng Mabuting Balita. Hindi nagiging integral ang Evangelization kung iilang tao lang ang nae-e-evangelize ng kabuuan. Kasama sa integral evangelization ay bawat tao, buong tao, at ng lahat ng tao,” he said.

Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Vicar General and Moderator Curiae of the Archdiocese of Manila, also led the Mass for the Third World Day of the Poor organized by the Order of Malta Philippines in Quiapo, Manila, on Nov. 16. The lay religious organization conducted a medical mission and distributed Christmas gifts to one hundred poor families.

At Vatican City, the Holy Father Pope Francis led the Mass for the Third World Day of the Poor at St. Peter’s Basilica on November 17, telling the faithful that the poor remind us of how we should live the Gospel: “like beggars reaching out to God.” According to Vatican News, like last year, there was a temporary walk-in-clinic in St. Peter’s Square. The clinic offered free medical examinations for the poor.

The World Day of the Poor is celebrated every 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time and was established by the Pope Francis as he promulgated his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera on November 20, 2016, to celebrate the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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