The social action arm of the Archdiocese of Cebu held a gathering with the basic sector as part of the observance of the 6th World Day of the Poor on November 13.
“My heart was consoled when the bishops and priests listened to our stories,” said Arlene Subingsubing, a vendor at the Carbon Market.
This year’s observance of the World Day of the Poor carried the theme “For your sakes Christ became poor.”
Cebu Caritas’s Commission on Service held various activities from November 6 to highlight the humanitarian, developmental, and justice and peace programs and services of the Archdiocese of Cebu.
To cap the weeklong caravan of social services for the poor, a fellowship and dialogue dubbed “Pakighimamat sa Anawim” involving the service-related ministries and commissions, as well as sectoral representatives from the urban poor, vendors, farmers, fisherfolk, porters, youth-scholars, and persons with disabilities was held at the Seminario Mayor de San Carlos.
Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, together with Cebu Auxiliary Bishops Midyphil Billones and Ruben Labajo and Cebu Auxiliary Bishop-Emeritus Anotnio Rañola, led the celebration of the Mass.
In his homily, Archbishop Palma said “all our gifts are given by God and, in Caritas, we give glory to God” as he urged everyone to put into service “our gifts, translated into actions.”
“In the parish, in our communities, we are inspired to put up a Caritas office which organizes, coordinates and leads programs and Caritas services,” he said.
Small group discussion circles were formed for sharing and listening to the concerns and current situation of the sectoral representatives.
“I am hoping that the issues [farmers] are facing will be addressed and will be supported by the Church,” said Nicholas Abasolo, chairperson of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas in Cebu.