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Cathedral in Caloocan sets up own ‘community pantry’

The emergence of community pantries are among “the clearest and most tangible signs of hope in the midst of the hopelessness"

The Diocese Kalookan has set up its own “community pantry” at the San Roque Cathedral where people can donate goods to help others in need.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David announced the initiative during Mass for the opening of the “Jubilee Door” of the cathedral on Sunday, April 18.

“I have the joy to inform you that in partnership with the Caloocan Young Leaders initiative, the San Roque Cathedral is also opening today its community pantry,” he said in his homily.




Community pantries have sprouted in Metro Manila and even in some provinces after the Maginhawa Community Pantry in Quezon City went viral online.

With a bamboo cart and cardboard signs, the idea is simple: it invites people to share according to their ability and to take according to their need.

“This is the right cardboard sign that will forever erase the shame of the cardboards hung by killers on the thousands of people that they have killed in the past few years,” said Bishop David, a vocal critic of the government’s “drug war.”

The bishop said the emergence of community pantries are among “the clearest and most tangible signs of hope in the midst of the hopelessness brought about by this pandemic.”

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The same concept was also promoted by many diocesan social action centers at the start of the pandemic through their “Kindness Stations” in communities.

The initiative was the creative response of Caritas Philippines to the restrictions of physical distancing and the lockdown.

The opening of the cathedral’s “Holy Door” was originally scheduled on Easter Sunday to also launch the year-long celebration of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.

The government, however, imposed a lockdown in Metro Manila and nearby provinces amid a surge of COVID-19 infections and prohibited public religious gatherings.

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