Cardinal Tagle: Take ‘Caritas’ to the streets

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MANILA, May 19, 2015— Newly-elected Caritas Internationalis President Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Tuesday has encouraged Catholics to take the streets and help other people, especially the needy.

The Manila archbishop was in Rome to attend the closing of the 20th general assembly of the confederation of Catholic charities.

His presence at the meeting is one of the highlights for the more than 400 participants from the 165-member countries of Caritas who came to elect their new head.

Newly-elected Caritas Internationalis President Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (Photo: Caritas Philippines)

In a statement relayed through Caritas Philippines, the cardinal lamented the “typhoon of poverty” and “an earthquake of corruption, injustice and human trafficking” that ravage the people’s dignity.

“This is why we should bring ‘Caritas’ (Latin word for love) to where the people are, to the neighborhood and to the streets. This is where we want Caritas to happen,” Tagle said.

The first Asian president of Caritas, the Filipino cardinal also displayed his humility as he assumed his new post by entrusting his mission to Christ.

“I know that I lack the knowledge and capabilities. But if I will trust in the love of Christ and the love present in the hearts of others and the poor, altogether we can make this work,” he said.

The general assembly closed its week-long activities by adopting a vision of “One Human Family, Caring for Creation.”

It also called attention to the plight of Christians who suffer from religious persecutions in Syria and Iraq and of migrants and refugees around the world.

“With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology and the UN climate meeting in Paris this year, Caritas will work towards putting the human family and human dignity at the heart of development,” Tagle said during his acceptance speech. (CBCPNews)

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