May 13, 2015
Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organization for Catholic charities around the world that works closely with the Vatican, is expected to elect its new president this week with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle as one of the nominees.
According to the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines Executive Secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez, this is just one of the highlights of this year’s Caritas Internationalis (CI) General Assembly, which opened yesterday with a special mass led by Pope Francis in Rome.
“We are asking everyone to help us pray for the successful election of our very own Cardinal Tagle. Caritas is all about working for the poor and we all know that the Cardinal also has that genuine love for the marginalized,” Gariguez said, who is part of the delegation in Rome.
The election of the new head and other key positions in Caritas Internationalis by the general assembly will be on Thursday.
As part of the election process, the Pope has approved the nominations of the two candidates before it was presented to the general assembly for a vote.
Aside from the Archbishop of Manila, the other candidate for the position of Caritas Internationalis president is Archbishop Youssef Soueif of Caritas Cyprus.
Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras will be stepping down as president after eight years.
NASSA/Caritas Philippines, which represents the country to Caritas Internationalis, pushed for Tagle’s nomination last year following the overwhelming and massive support by the global community to the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the country.
Aside from the election, the other highlights of the general assembly, which would be until May 17, include the setting of plans in the next four years on how to improve the lives of the poor amidst the challenges of inequality, migration, climate change, hunger and conflict.
Jing Rey Henderson
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