Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to support Alay Kapwa

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)



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