Catholic cultural centers’ confab set

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MANILA, April 11, 2015—In line with the Year of the Poor, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Culture (ECC), partners with the Diocese of Legazpi in Albay for the Second National Conference of Catholic Cultural Centers in a bid to make the event an authentic re-awakening for a “Church for and with the poor”.

Themed “The Culture of Poverty and the Poverty of Culture,” the conference will be held at the Bethlehem Pastoral and Retreat Center in Bacacay, Albay on April 27-May 1.

Spread nationwide and composed of educational institutes, seminaries, and Diocesan centers, among many others, the Catholic Cultural Centers (CCC’s) will come together to discern priorities on how their respective institutions can bring about a more conscious love and service of the poor in all facets, especially as 2015 has been dedicated to those who have less in life.

CBCP-ECC stresses the need for the faithful to reflect on their identity as a local Church, bring the Good News to the underprivileged, and “come together to discern priorities so as to truly become a Church for and with the poor” (CBCP Pastoral Letter, June 2012).

The program is as follows:

  • Theme 1: Truth – The Many Faces of the Culture of Poverty

The Face of Christ in the Filipino Poor: The Philippine Church after PCP II – Cotabato Archbishop Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo
The Face of Poverty in the Scriptures – Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes
The Face of Poverty in the Overseas Filipino Workers – Grace Princesa, Ambassador to UAE

  • Theme 2: Way- Richness and Poverty in Filipino Culture

Richness and Poverty in the Filipino Teleserye – Evangeline Pascual
Richness and Inequality in the Filipino Health Care System – Dr. Mariella Sugue Castillo
Addressing the Indifference to Poverty – Fr. Norman Melchor Peña, SSP

  • Theme 3: Life – Bridging the Gap – Culture of Poverty and the Poverty of Culture

Evangelical Witness to Justice and Peace –  Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona
Leadership and Livelihood Programs Among Filipinos – Dr. Cristina Liamzon
Empowered in Poverty Personal Testimonies and Dialogue

Conclusion: Bridging the Gap – Culture of Poverty and the Poverty of Culture – Sr. Mercelyn Galicia, DC.

For registration, fees, and other concerns, interested parties may email culturelegazpi@gmail.com or cbcpculture@gmail.com, or call the ECC Secretariat at (0928)-771-1406, (0917)-842-5030, (0915)-684-3877, or 02-527-4138 local 128.  (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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