Spread goodness around us — papal nuncio

Published December 20, 2020, 9:52 AM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles John Brown urged the faithful to spread goodness and concern for social justice.

Archbishop Charles John Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, celebrates “Misa de Gallo” at the Saint Anthony of Padua Parish Church in Manila’s Malate district on December 18, 2020. (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Archbishop Charles John Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, celebrates “Misa de Gallo” at the Saint Anthony of Padua Parish Church in Manila’s Malate district on December 18, 2020. (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Pope Francis’ new envoy to the Philippines said that kindness can cascade across people, taking on new forms along the way.

“We’re contagious with goodness as a little bit like the opposite of corona (virus). We spread goodness around us and society changes,” he said in a CBCP News post.

The papal nuncio also stressed the need for Christians to work for peace and social justice.

Brown added that it is  the Church’s role to bring people to God’s kingdom through the sacramental life.

And with the human society, “we want to be as just and as peaceful as possible,” he said.

“So as Christians, we must commit ourselves to social justice as much as possible — fighting against injustices, poverty, war, and all the things that afflict the human condition,” Brown added.

He said working for social justice is “a spiritual battle as much as a political battle” adding that the “most effective way” of changing a society is when people live their Christian faith.

“There are two elements: The spiritual element and the political element, both are important. But the spiritual element is probably the most important,” said Brown.

 
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