MANILA, July 28, 2011—Archbishop Jose Palma of the Archdiocese of Cebu will hold a dialogue with the urban poor of this city on August 7, as part of his ministry among the marginalized sectors of society.
In a statement sent to this reporter by Task Force on Urban Conscientization, TFUC Cebu chair Fr. Cris Mostajo, CSsR said the archbishop will celebrate Mass for the poor communities at the Pasil Sports Complex, Pasil, Cebu City, after visiting families that are threatened by the demolition.
The mass, according to Mostajo, is “geared to foster awareness and action of the church people on the problems of the urban poor.”
“In keeping with being a Church of the poor, the dialogue is an avenue for Archbishop Palma to immerse in the lives of the poor and the marginalized,” Mostajo said.
The said Mass and dialogue will be attended by urban poor sectors—the informal settlers, workers, vendors, women and youth, and church people such as religious men and women, seminarians, and lay people.
“In the program after the Holy Mass, Pasil youth will depict urban poor situation through dance. Urban poor leaders from different barangays in Metro Cebu will bring up their issues and problems to the Cebu Archbishop. An open forum will follow,” Mostajo said. (Noel Sales Barcelona)