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“[Politicians] want people to remain poor so that they can instrumentalize them, use them,” said Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Taytay
Pope Francis emphasized the importance of making “concrete gestures” and drawing close to the poor to “sow hope”
The encounter will take place as part of the Church’s celebration of the 5th annual World Day of the Poor, which falls on Nov 14
Pope Francis said the world needs “a farsighted social model capable of countering the new forms of poverty that are now sweeping the world"
"The poor, always and everywhere, evangelize us, because they enable us to discover in new ways the true face of the Father"
“If we bury Jesus, our treasure, and bury our faith, we are just one step away from burying the poor into forgetfulness, neglect”
"We help not only with what is extra for us, but even with what we need, because others are more in need"
This year's "Alay Kapwa" campaign will be done on the same day the Catholic Church marks the World Day of the Poor on Nov 15