May 19, 2015
Newly-elected Caritas Internationalis President Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, who just recently accepted his latest Vatican post, appealed to the faithful to “bring Caritas (Latin word for love) to the neighbourhood and streets.”
In an interview during the closing of the 20th Caritas Internationalis General Assembly in Rome, Cardinal Tagle said how typhoons and earthquakes ravaged people’s lives in the form of poverty, corruption, injustice and human trafficking.
“Araw-araw may bagyo ng kahirapan, araw-araw may lindol ng korupsyon, lindol ng hustisya, at lindol ng human trafficking na nakabubulabog sa dignidad ng buhay ng tao. Kaya dun sa kung saan nakatira ang tao, sa mga neighbourhood, sa mga kalye, doon nangyayari sana ang Caritas,” Tagle said.
(Everyday, there is typhoon of poverty, an earthquake of corruption, injustice, and human trafficking that ravage the dignity of our people’s lives. This is why we should bring “Caritas” to where the people are, to the neighbourhood and to the streets. This is where we want “Caritas” to happen.)
The first Asian president of Caritas Internationalis, Tagle also displayed his trademark humility as he took on his new responsibility, saying that by trusting Christ and others he could fulfil his role of uplifting the poor and the marginalized.
“Kulang din ako sa kaalaman, kulang din ako sa ilang kakayahan. Pero kung magtitiwala ako sa pag-ibig ng Diyos at tiwala rin sa pag-ibig na gumagalaw sa puso ng mga tao at sa puso ng mga dukha, sige pagtulung-tulungan natin ito,” the Manila Archbishop continued.
(I know that I lack the knowledge and capabilities. But if I will trust in the love of Christ and the love present in the hearts of others and the poor, altogether we can make this work. )
Tagle addressed over 400 delegates from the 165 member-countries of Caritas Internationalis to draw inspirational words from Pope Francis, which seeks to expand and strengthen their service to the poor.
The General Assembly closed its week-long activities by adopting a vision of “One Human Family, Caring for Creation.” It also called attention to the plight of Christians who suffer from religious persecutions in Syria and Iraq and of migrants and refugees around the world.
“With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology and the UN climate meeting in Paris this year, Caritas will work towards putting the human family and human dignity at the heart of development,” Tagle said during his acceptance speech.
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