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‘People should be center of humanitarian aid’ – Cardinal Tagle

MANILA, May 27, 2016— An official of the Vatican’s top social justice body has called for a reshaping of humanitarian assistance by putting the welfare of human beings at its very core.

Talking over Vatican Radio, Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said the foremost concrete step is to consider human beings “seriously.”

“You cannot go more concrete than that. We are dealing with human beings,” said Tagle during the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey on May 24.

More than statistics

He said it is “sad” if policy-makers address humanitarian crisis only in terms of statistics and theories.

“While that might be necessary, I think the first concrete way is to go back to the human beings. Hold the hand of a survivor of a calamity. Enter the shack of a refugee family. Listen to the stories,” explained the prelate.

The cardinal also reiterated his call for a new approach to top-down solutions, as traditional humanitarian aid has tended to do.

He said this way of working has been proven neither efficient nor effective because it has failed to give due respect to the communities which are being served.

According to him, international donors and agencies must respect more the principle of “subsidiarity” and ensure that resources are made available at the grassroot level.

Climatic changes

“Sometimes you know they mean well but the local communities know their culture, their needs and their situations better so enabling the local communities to really get involved in rebuilding of their lives I think is important,” Tagle said.

Cardinal Tagle also said it is necessary to confront and address the causes of conflicts “that drive people away from their homes.”

“If it is a natural calamity then we should address the climatic changes… and the lifestyle that could help us cope with these changes, prevent disasters, etc.,” he said.

Tagle was among the religious leaders who took part in the summit where he also spoke to participants on the role of religion in humanitarian response. (CBCPNews) 

CBCP film reviewer serves as Cannes jury

CINEMA film reviewer Teresa Tunay with her other members of the Ecumenical Jury at the 69th Cannes Film Festival

MANILA, May 26, 2016 – A film reviewer for CINEMA (Catholic INitiative for Enlightened Movie Appreciation), Teresa R. Tunay served as a juror in the six-member Ecumenical Jury at the 69th Cannes Film Festival to be held in Cannes, France, from May 11 to 22.

As founding board member of CINEMA (Catholic INitiative for Enlightened Movie Appreciation), CBCP’s film rating and classification arm under the Episcopal Commission on Social Communications, Tunay has been reviewing and editing movie reviews since CINEMA’s founding in 2000.

The invitation-only Cannes Film Festival is considered the most prestigious film festival in the world, and is held annually at the Palais des Festival et des Congres. The Ecumenical Jury prize (Prix du Jury OEdumenique) is an independent film award for feature films at major international film festivals since 1973.

Created by Christian film makers, film critics and other film professionals, the award aims “to honour works of artistic quality which witnesses to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings through what concerns them, their hurts and failings as well as their hopes.” The Ecumenical Jury comprises six members who are nominated by Signis for the Catholics and Interfilm for the Protestants. Tunay is the first Filipino to have been invited to Cannes Film Festival’s Ecumenical Jury.

This is the eighth time since 2004 for Tunay to be nominated by Signis and to serve at international film festivals in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Her fellow jurors at Cannes are: Cindy Mollaret (France)

  • Ernest Kouacou (Cote d’Ivoire)
  • Karin Achtelstteter (Canada)
  • Gabriela Lettini (United States)
  • Nicole Vercueil (France)

Freelancer Tunay also writes “And that’s the truth”, an opinion column in the CBCP Monitor, a weekly Gospel reflection column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, travel articles, and an advice column for Woman Today. She also edits coffee table books and co-anchors “Langit sa Lupa”, a weekly radio show at DZIQ Radyo Inquirer. (CBCPNews)