Church to host ‘dialogue’ on suicide

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MANILA, August 7, 2014 — More than just a personal reality, suicide is a community issue. This is the guiding insight for the National Dialogue on Suicide on September 5 to 6, which is being hosted by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Culture.

“…Suicide is a sensitive theme. It demands sincere pastoral responses from institutions, families and individuals. It invites everyone to engage in loving relationships and recognize that it is only through love that we can promote an authentic culture of life,” Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto said.

Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto

The prevalence of suicide cases in the country prompts the Church to take on a more active role in addressing this occurrence in collaboration with families, specialists, and media practitioners, among others.

The 2-day conference, to be held at the Santuario de San Antonio Parish Hall, Forbes Park, Makati City from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the theme “Preserving an Authentic Culture of Life”, will discuss the current situation; “carefronting” suicide as a pastoral directive and aid; and issues surrounding an authentic “culture of life”.

Some of the speakers include Fr. Dan Vicente Cancino, Jr. MI, coordinator of Episcopal Commission on Health Care programs, who will give the talk “Dialogue with the Church on Suicide: A Pastoral Aid”; author and inspirational speaker Ilsa Reyes, who will talk about
“Dialogue with the Family: Healing the Family Tree”; and Fr. Norman Pena, SSP, who will discuss “Dialogue with Social Media: Role of the Social Network in Suicide.”

Registration fee is PhP 1,000.00, inclusive of meals and materials. Deadline for registration is on August 30. For more information,
interested parties may contact 0928-771-1406 (Sr. Ma. Anthony); 0915-684-3877 (Michelle Punzalan); (02) 527-1925 or email cbcpculture@gmail.com (CBCP News)

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