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Cardinal Tagle appeals for prayers for migrants




Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle appealed for prayers for migrants in the different parts of the world during Mass celebrating the 31st National Migrants’ Sunday on March 5 at San Jose Manggagawa Parish in Tondo, Manila. The celebration coincided with the observance of the first Sunday of Lent.


During his homily, Cardinal Tagle, shared the poor condition of the Filipino migrants as well as the refugees in all corners of the world.  He also prayed to God to safeguard the migrants and to protect them from all evil. He also asked to include in prayers all the victims of the war may find peace.

He asked the faithful to have an open mind to look after the welfare of the migrants as well as an open arms to aid and help them willingly.

Buksan ang ating mga mata sa mga migrante na galing sa ating bansa, galing sa mga probinisya. Dapat tinitingnan natin sila at kung ano ang kaya nating maitulong, itulong. Ang mga kabataan yung mga pumupuntasa malaking siyudad para mag- aral minsan walang pamilya dito, vulnerable sila baka madala ng mga malingbarkada at minsan kapag kulang na sa allowance, kulang na sa pang matrikula ay natutukso, pumasok sa mgahindi kaaya-ayang uri ng buhay,.” Radio Veritas quoted Tagle saying.

Aside from asking prayers for the migrants, the cardinal said that the first among others to help the migrants, refugees and OFWs who have undergone suffering, pain, loneliness and even a waste of hard-earned money is the Church.

“Ipanalangin natin ang ating mga migrants, ipanalangin natin sila kasi maraming tukso, kalungkutan, pangungulila, nag-iisa ka kumikita ka may pera, mga barakada inaaya ka kung saan- saan. Ipanalangin po natin sila, at paalalahanan kung mayroon po kayong pamilyang migrante ay tawagan natin, mayroon namanginternet, mayroon namang text, ang salita ng Diyos ay ating ibahagi sa kanila.” he said.

Before ending his homily, he invited the Filipino people to make use of technology as an instrument to strengthen the faith of the OFWs to the Lord by texting them bible passages, the teachings of the Catholic Church and Catechism.

With the ambivalent realities of migration, the archbishop of Manila said that the Church will be a family to the migrants who draw strength from God.

“Ito po ang mundo ng migration ngayon, puno ng tukso at ang simbahan sana tayo tulad ni Hesus ay humugotng lakas sa tunay na Diyos at maging tahanan, pamilya ng mga walang matirhan, ng mga nangungulila at naghahananp ng pamilya,”
Tagle said.

Data also showed that there are 2.4 million overseas Filipino workers around the world while there are 60-million refugees and 244 million migrants worldwide.

The Catholic Church through the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, dedicated this year’s celebration to Children and Women Migrants. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC and Riza Mendoza/Radio Veritas)