IEC creates committee for social concerns

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Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma and PhilPost Assistant Postmaster General Luis Carlos unveil the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) commemorative stamp during a press conference in Manila, Dec. 14, 2015. (Photo: Roy Lagarde)

MANILA, Dec. 15, 2015— Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu has established a special committee that will advance the Church’s social justice doctrine during and after the 51st International Eucharistic Congress.

Palma, IEC Cebu Committee president, said the creation of the Committee on Social Concerns emphasizes that to live the Eucharist means to care for the weakest of society.

“We should be able to make the poor believe that we who benefit from the Eucharist should manifest this in our concerns, especially for the less privilege,” Palma said.

‘The logic of love’

Pope Francis has repeatedly said the Eucharist is not just an ordinary ceremony for it “demands the logic of love”.

In one occasion early this year, the pontiff said the Eucharist is a “school of solidarity and charity,” which teaches the faithful to help the needy.

Palma also said that after the IEC in Cebu, the committee will also facilitate the visit of many foreign delegates to areas affected by recent calamities.

Post-IEC visits

He said the participants particularly want to visit earthquake-ravaged areas in Bohol and some communities devastated by typhoon Yolanda in Leyte.

“They want to know how the people are coping, what has happened since then, what programs have been put up and how people have bounced back after the calamity,” the prelate added.

“To us, this is something to make them realize the trait and characteristic of our people and we thought we would facilitate that,” he said. (Roy Lagarde / CBCPNews)

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