Use firecrackers money to help the poor, bishops urge faithful

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MANILA, Dec. 31, 2015— Instead of buying costly firecrackers and fireworks to welcome the New Year, Catholics are urged to use their money to help the poor.

Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of the Archdiocese of Jaro said buying food or clothes for the needy is a more meaningful way of celebrating the new year.

“We should be more generous to the poor. Less fire crackers the better. Convert the firecrackers into charity,” Archbishop Lagdameo said.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga diocese said doing charity acts is also timely as the Church observes the Holy Year of Mercy.

“As we are grateful for the blessings of 2015, let us share our blessings by giving Media Noche or bags of foodstuffs to our poor parishioners,” he said.

In Balanga this week, the diocese has distributed bags of grocery items to sidewalk vendors and street cleaners.

“Much more what we save from buying firecrackers we give the amount for social services to our parishioners in need,” Bishop Santos said. (CBCPNews)

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