MANILA, Nov. 9, 2015— Cardinal Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said the Church should continuously focus on helping the poor, saying that charity must “not be seasonal”.
The cardinal on Saturday, Nov. 8, led the closing of Manila archdiocese’s observance of the “Year of the Poor” at the La Concordia College in Manila.
“The election is near. Many people are again showing ‘love for the poor’. I hope that this is real love and in the Church, caring for and serving the poor is not seasonal,” Tagle said.
The Manila archbishop said serving the needy is not a matter of ideology, but a moral and spiritual imperative.
“It’s not because we have a political party to follow. No! This is what our faith calls us to do,” he added.
The prelate also echoed Pope Francis’ previous statement, saying when a part of the Church becomes worldly, it becomes just another non-governmental organization.
“Being a Church of the Poor is not just a socio-economic project… the Church is not only a social work body,” he added. “This is the big challenge that is stated in the PCP-2— being the Church of the Poor.”
In the same occasion, the archdiocese also bared its 10-point reform agenda for the poor.
The agenda contains certain calls and petitions of the poor sectors of society such as workers, farmers, urban poor, fisher folks, and women.
It also carried out calls from persons with disabilities, youth, elderly, prisoners as well as petitions for better social services for the poor. (CBCP News)