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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, July 11, 2019
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Go forth for poor, Tagle tells priests


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle yesterday reminded the bishops and the priests in the country to “go forth” for the poor.

Tagle’s visit in Bacolod City yesterday was part of the four-day 66th annual national assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies-Philippines Diocesan Directors at the Sugarland Hotel that kicked off on July 8.

Addressing the congregation, he urged the Catholic ministers not to be complacent, but to “talk to people and get in touch... share the good news.”

He also said he noticed that some priests are giving real-life references based on the scenes from teleseryes such as “Ang Probinsyano” and “Halik.” He said it means one thing, “the priest is just staying at the rectory, and does not go out.” He then asked, “Have we become so comfortable that we refuse to go out?”

He said that if the bishops and the priests go out to encounter people, “our pastoral activity will be positively affected and we can communicate effectively,” he added.

“When you go out, you also leave the door open so others will enter and follow you,” he said. He quoted Pope Francis as saying that he “would rather have a church that is dirtied, because it goes out, than have a well-preserved parish, clean, and glittering because it never went out.”

Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia was also present during the event.

Caccia, who celebrated the mass on Tuesday, urged the faithful to spread the joy of the gospel.

He also met with Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson in a fellowship dinner at the Provincial Capitol.

Lacson said what Pope St. John Paul II enunciated 38 years ago, during his visit to Negros Occidental, remains very much relevant until now. “We need to be stewards of love and hope,” he added.

“Negrenses, as a people, always had great respect for the church. The church and the local government have benefited advocacies of the government, related to social injustice, protection of environment and protection of morals,” Lacson said.*


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