Cardinal Tagle calls for ‘change’ sans violence

Devotees line up to venerate the relics of Saint Teresa of Calcutta after a thanksgiving Mass for her canonization presided over Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the Manila Cathedral, Oct. 7. (Photo: R. Lagarde)

MANILA, Oct. 7, 2016— The head of Manila’s Roman Catholic Church has called for societal change that rejects violence.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said peaceful efforts for the transformation of society must be made as essential demands of faith and the Gospel.

“Let us show the so-called revolution of love… not the revolution through weapons and violence but a revolution for change caused by love,” said the prelate.

The cardinal made the statement in his homily during a thanksgiving Mass for the recent canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the Manila Cathedral on Friday.

He said many people today are banking on the power of money, influence, and violence, forgetting “faith” as a source of social change.

To live the faith, he said, people must perform works of mercy.

He emphasized that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help others, especially the poor.

“Let us not dismiss our faith. Let’s take Jesus and His love seriously,” said Tagle.

“Love has the force for change. That’s what Jesus and the saints have been doing,” he added.

Tagle also called on the faithful to imitate Mother Teresa who made faith and works of mercy the guide of her life.

“Look at this power of faith,” he said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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