Visayas kicks-off Alay Kapwa Lenten Campaign 2014
Visayas region had officially kicked-off its Alay Kapwa Lenten Campaign 2014, launched and hosted by Diocese of Bacolod last March 6-7. NASSA National Director, Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, and staff graced the event together with around 200 participants (priests and lay representatives) from fourteen Dioceses.
This year, the Alay Kapwa (AK) Program of the CBCP-NASSA launches its National Lenten Campaign simultaneously in three Dioceses, one from each of the three regions, Luzon Visayas and Mindanao, flagging this year’s theme “One Human Family without Poverty and Hunger.”
Alay Kapwa Program is the Lenten Evangelization-Action Program of the Philippine Catholic Church created by the Catholic Bishops in 1975. As the Social Action Ministry of the CBCP, NASSA takes charge of the implementation as part of its commitment to transform a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice and peace, and love of our brothers and sisters in Christ with preferential option for the poor and the oppressed.
Bishop Vicente Navarra, D.D. of Bacolod, and Social Action Director, Fr. Ernie Larida, warmly welcomed the participants from Archdioceses of Capiz, Cebu and Palo, and Dioceses of Bacolod, Kabankalan, San Carlos, San Jose de Buenavista Antique, Kalibo, Dumaguete, Catarman, Maasin, Talibon, Romblon andCalbayog.
Archbishop Jose Advincula of Capiz, Bishop Narciso Abellana of Romblon, Bishop Patricio Buzon of Kabankalan, Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos and Bishop Jose Corazon Tala-oc of Kalibo also graced the important occassion.
Bishop Pabillo led the two-day activity with a remarkable talk on “The Politics of Our Father” Where he stressed that the participation of the Church in politics is rooted in the Gospel and the Catholic Social Teaching. The scandal of poverty in the world of plenty was also emphasised, which echoes the sentiments of our Holy Father Pope Francis.
Among the highlights of the event was the multi-sectoral dialogue with farmers and implemeting agencies, presenting thematic issues confronting CARPER implementation specifically in Visayas region, where huge backlog in land acquisition and distribution exists. Local media covered the event.
The 2-day activity ended with Eucharistic celebration con-celebrated by five Bishops, led by Bishop Vicente Navarra as main celebrant and Bishop Pabillo gave the homily. Festival dance with Masskara, Pinta Flores, Bailes de Luces dancers and authentic food of “City of Smiles” cheered the participants up to the last day.
Alay Kapwa Program has two main objectives. First, it is formational. It intends to deepen the mission of evangelization of every faithful especially in his/ her tasks to renew the society that promotes justice, equality, peace, truth and love for the common good. Secondly, it is financial. This resource mobilization goal is to relate the message of the formational campaign with the spirit of sharing and sacrifice, ESPECIALLY DURING LENT, by which contributions are utilized to support and sustain social action initiatives on emergency responses and disaster management, peace advocacy, good governance, sustainable agriculture and other development concerns.##