Palo prelate: ‘Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice’

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Archbishop John Du leades Palm Sunday service at the Palo Cathedral, March 20. (Photo: Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros/

PALO, Leyte, March 21, 2016— You want change. What kind of leader can actually deliver it?

For Palo Archbishop John Du, what the country needs today is a humble leader who is willing to sacrifice and symphatizes with the poor.

“Let us choose one who is really for the people, has the heart for the people and one who can sympathize,” Du said in his Palm Sunday homily at the Palo cathedral.

Thousands of faithful joined the celebration to mark the the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem, which the archbishop related to the upcoming elections.

According to him, the people during that time were waiting for a leader who would save them from suffering, oppression and injustices.

“That condition when Jesus entered Jerusalem was the same condition we are experiencing right now, is it not?” Du said. “We are about to face that this coming May!”

The prelate has also urged candidates to to emulate the leadership style of Jesus Christ which was not anchored on wealth accumulation and siphoning of public funds for personal gains.

“Yes we need money and wealth, but they are for us to share in order to feed the hungry and to give for those who have nothing,” he added. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros/CBCPNews)

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