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SAN FERNANDO City, Pampanga, Oct. 25, 2015 – Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will lead the speakers in a forthcoming forum aimed at coming up with a unified solution to poverty by looking at the problem from different angles.

The prelate has been jointly invited by the Social Action Center of Pampanga (SACOP) and the University of the Assumption (UA) to discuss how the Catholic Church in the Philippines and as a whole views this reality most Filipinos know firsthand.

Called by the secular media as the “Asian Francis,” Tagle currently heads the Catholic Church’s charity arm, Caritas Internationalis.

The Catholic confederation consists of 160 member-organizations from around the world committed to serving “the poor, the vulnerable, and the excluded” regardless of race and creed in order to build a world founded on justice and fraternal love.

Dubbed “Kanawan,” Kapampangan for a “state of well-being,” the conference on integral development and social responsibility is set to gather in one venue the movers and shakers from the academe, business, government, and civic groups.

According to Fernando E. Santos, UA’s director for external affairs, other speakers expected include Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. María Leonor “Lenny” Robredo and Gawad Kalinga founder Antonio P. Meloto.

The widow of the DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo is slated to talk on poverty from the perspective of a public servant.

Meanwhile, Meloto will share his insights on poverty as a social entrepreneur.

Organized by the Archdiocese of San Fernando (ASF), through SACOP, in tandem with UA, Asia’s first archdiocesan university, Kanawan is scheduled on Nov.12 at EPHATHA Development Center, San Fernando City, Pampanga.

Besides serving as the archdiocese’s culminating activity for the Year of the Poor, the event will mark the silver jubilee of SACOP. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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