Cardinal urges BECs to serve the ‘outcasts’

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MANILA, Nov. 14, 2015– Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila called on the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) to turn their attention to the marginalized people.

In his talk during the 3rd BEC National Assembly at the Paco Catholic Church on Friday, the cardinal urged BECs to embrace the ‘outcasts’ of society.

“BECs should say no to exclusion of communions,” Cardinal Tagle said.

“I hope that all BECs will be examples of including the excluded, outcast ones. Every Christian community shall do its share in enriching personal and communal encounters,” he said.

Echoing Pope Francis’ call to serve the poor, the cardinal also urged the BEC leaders, workers and volunteers resist the economy of exclusion.

“We should say no to the economy of exclusion and inequality,” he said.

He added that since there must be shared responsibility in the life and mission of the Church, it is hoped that BECs will strengthen lay participation.

“Every Christian grows in faith within a community,” Tagle also said. “And we are all equal in Christian dignity.” (Myraine Carluen Policarpio/CBCPNews)

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