Catholic prelates laud inclusion of Bible in community pantry

Catholic prelates welcomed the inclusion of the Bible in a community pantry in San Mateo, Rizal.

Retired Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes (Pagadian Diocese / MANILA BULLETIN/File Photo

Retired Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, former head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate, commended the act for giving nourishment to both body and soul.

"Very good! This community pantry is doing a very commendable act of charity, for 'Man does not live on bread alone but by the Word of God.'And the Bible is the Word of God," he said in an interview Monday, May 3.

"This community also gives nourishment for the soul and not only for the body. The word of God is the food for the spirit, just as bread is food for the body!" Bastes added.

"Praise the Lord for this unique community which distributes both food - for the body and for the soul!" he said.

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David also lauded the move.

He revealed that they have doing the same thing in his diocese.

"We have been doing it too, in partnership with Philippine Bible Society. Remember what the Lord said to Moses in Deut. 8:3 '(The Lord) therefore let you be afflicted with hunger, and then fed you with manna, a food unknown to you and your ancestors, so you might know that it is not by bread alone that people live, but by all that comes forth from the mouth of the Lord.'"