October 5, 2016
The social action arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will share its experience on evangelizing poor communities that were previously affected by Typhoon Yolanda during the on-going World Mission Sunday Campaign from September 28 to October 23 in Germany.
National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines Executive Secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez is currently in Germany with 15 more Filipino priests and nuns to discuss in the different dioceses in Germany how it pursued evangelization in poor communities particularly during the course of its on-going three-year Typhoon Yolanda rehabilitation program.
“We noted that the resiliency of the Filipinos is really rooted on their faith. And we need to support the spiritual needs of the people to be able to really recover from the aftermath of such destruction,” Gariguez said.
The World Mission Sunday Campaign 2016 is organized by Missio Aachen, which supported NASSA/Caritas Philippines in the rehabilitation and repair of the damaged chapels and churches in the provinces of Leyte, Eastern Samar, Western Samar and Palawan following the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
Focusing this year on the church family ministry in the Philippines, other highlights of the opening of the World Mission Sunday in Germany is the holy mass led by two cardinals from the Philippines, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and Cardinal Orlando Quevedo.
NASSA/Caritas Philippines is currently on its third year of implementing the Catholic Church’s largest rehabilitation program for Typhoon Yolanda survivors called #REACHPhilippines in nine provinces worst-hit by the typhoon.
It also represents the country to Caritas Internationalis, a 165-member global Catholic charity worldwide based in Vatican, which is currently being headed by its first Asian President Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (left), Hildesheim Bishop Norbert Trelle (center) and Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo led the holy mass during the opening of the World Mission Sunday in Germany. (Photo: NASSA/Caritas Philippines)
NASSA/Caritas Philippines Executive Secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez (left) and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (right) at the World Mission Sunday Celebration in Germany. (Photo: NASSA/Caritas Philippines)
April Ann Abello-Bulanadi