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Cardinal Tagle speaks of ‘evangelization through witnessing’ with Mindanao Church

"We need to be evangelized in order to share that experience of joy that we have found in Jesus”

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle reminded delegates to a gathering of Church leaders in the southern Philippines to transmit the faith “not just as doctrine or structure” but through “living witness.”

The cardinal, Pro-Prefect for the Section of Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization, said that it is crucial for the mission of evangelization to first deepen the faith, “the faith that makes people love Jesus with passion.”

“A person who has not fallen in love with Jesus will not become a missionary. He or she does not have any Good News to share,” said Cardinal Tagle.

“So we need to be evangelized in order to share that experience of joy that we have found in Jesus,” he added.

“This our prayer for our Church in Mindanao and Sulu. Please transmit the faith not just as doctrine, not just as structure, but as the living person of Jesus,” he said.

The cardinal made the call in a video message shown during the last day of the 17th Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference that was hosted by the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.

The five-day event gathered more than 200 delegates composed of bishops, priests, consecrated persons, and lay people from across the Mindanao region.

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This year, the delegates reflected on the theme “The Gift of Faith and Evangelization as a Synodal Church”.

Among the topics discussed was ecumenism, inter-religious dialogue and indigenous peoples.

A situation unique for the Church in Mindanao and Sulu is the presence of the Muslims and cultural minorities.

“Dialogue promotes and deepens understanding between religions,” said Archbishop Angelito Lampon of Cotabato and chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Ecumenical Affairs.

“The goal is to understand other religions as they understand themselves. This step aims at facilitating communication between people of different faith traditions,” he added.

The MSPC was introduced by the late Archbishop Lino Gonzaga of Zamboanga who patterned it after the All India Pastoral Conference that he attended in 1968.

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