CBCP appeals for more assistance for the poor

Published April 2, 2021, 11:00 AM

by Christina Hermoso

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is appealing for more support and assistance for the poor and the needy.

CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action/Caritas Philippines National Director Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo said many Filipinos are being badly affected by the pandemic. Many have lost their jobs and their sources of income because of the prevailing health crisis.

“Let us not forget that many of our fellow Filipinos need our help. Those who have the capacity and the means have the responsibility to extend assistance,” Bagaforo said over Radio Veritas.

“Extending help must not be done out of obligation. It must be freely given from the heart,” he added.

“Let us also share the gifts and the graces that we have received from God. I am sure we will receive graces many times over,” the Church leader said as he urged the faithful to support programs that assist the poor and the needy.

Meanwhile, Roman Catholics observe traditional Good Friday by praying the Acts of Reparation, the Veneration of the Cross, meditation on the Seven Last Words, and the praying of the Way of the Cross. Before the pandemic, the presentation of the “senakulo” or passion play is usually held on Good Friday.

No bells will be rung in churches. After 3 p.m., the faithful are encouraged to keep a solemn and prayerful disposition, and to refrain from excessive merrymaking.

On Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59, except those who are ill, are permitted to consume only one full meal, which may be supplemented by two smaller meals, which together, should not exceed the full meal. Those who are 14-years-old and above are also required to abstain from meat and on all Fridays for the duration of the Lenten Season.