By Christina Hermoso
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on the Laity, has called on the faithful “not just to help the poor but to be one with them.”
“As we observe the World Day of the Poor on November 16, we adhere to the call made by our Holy Father Pope Francis to give importance to our poor brothers and sisters, to help them and to be one with them. Let us care for them and make them a part of our lives,” Pabillo said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
Pabillo stressed the need to be sensitive to the needs of the poor including those who have been affected by calamities.
“Because of natural calamities like earthquakes and typhoons, many have become poor. Let us open our hearts to them, be willing to help, materially and spiritually,” the prelate said.
The Church, through Caritas Manila, continues to call on kind-hearted individuals to provide assistance to the earthquake survivors in Mindanao and other calamity victims in other parts of the country.
Meanwhile, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will preside over the Holy Mass at the San Andres Sports Complex in Manila for the observance of the World Day of the Poor on Nov. 16.
With the theme “The hope of the poor will not perish forever” (Psalm), Pope Francis designated the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time each year as World Day of the Poor two years ago as an invitation to “all the people around the world to do good deeds for the poor and to open their arms for people living in poverty.”