People should not only care for the poor during elections – Tagle

November 11, 2015 7:34 am 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, Nov 10 (PNA) — Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said the public should not only care for the poor during elections.

He also noted that the Church’s compassion towards the less fortunate should not be seasonal.

“The election is near. Many people are again showing ‘love for the poor’. I hope that this is real love and in the Church, caring for and serving the poor is not seasonal,” Tagle said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website.

The head of the Archdiocese of Manila noted that helping the needy is not a matter of ideology, but a moral and spiritual imperative.

“It’s not because we have a political party to follow. No! This is what our faith calls us to do,” he added.

The cardinal also echoed the statement of Pope Francis, saying when a part of the Church becomes worldly, it becomes just another non-governmental organization.

“Being a Church of the Poor is not just a socio-economic project… the Church is not only a social work body,” Tagle said.

At the same time, Tagle bared the archdiocese’s 10-point reform agenda for the poor at the closing of the observance of the “Year of the Poor” at the La Concordia College in Manila last weekend.

It contains certain calls and petitions of the poor sectors of society such as workers, farmers, urban poor, fisher folks, and women, persons with disabilities, youth, elderly, prisoners as well as petitions for better social services for the poor. (PNA)

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