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Evangelization, greatest work of charity–bishop

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MANILA, March 12, 2013—Evangelization is the highest and the most integral promotion of the human person and the greatest work of charity, said Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo. 

Pabillo, who is chairman of the National Secretariat of Social Action, Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, also emphasized the relationship between faith and charity during a seminar for Social Action directors held in Tagaytay City last March 4-8. 

“Religion has a role in political debate and there is politics everywhere because there is governance everywhere. You cannot be neutral and you should not be carried by past favors and past hurts,” Pabillo said while discussing the “Social Action and the Social Issues of Today” at the Basic Orientation Seminar on Social Action Work (BOSSAW). 

Pabillo also touched on the Catholic Social Teachings and the Biblical Basis of the Social Action Work, adding that God speaks through the daily events that happen in one’s life. 

He also encouraged the participants to do justice, be humble, show love, seek good and avoid evil. 

Pabillo said that more than just acquiring skills, the important thing is for the person to deepen one’s spirituality and share it to others. 

For his part, NASSA Executive Secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez emphasized the importance of evangelization in human transformation, delving on topics of common good, promotion of justice, and preference for the poor and empowering people. 

“Our mission is not a territorial base, we go beyond the territorial boundaries like what Jesus did,” Gariguez said. 

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop-emeritus Oscar Cruz, also one of the speakers, talked about PCP-II: Envisioning the Philippines’ pursuit of justice, peace and development, explaining the country’s economic and political context. (SocialActionNews) 


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