Year of the Poor and Alay Kapwa 40 Launching

October 6, 2014

YEAR OF THE POOR in 40 YEARS OF ALAY KAPWA: “Do justice and Love kindness”

As we continue our 5th centenary journey to the new evangelization, we are strongly confronted with the sad reality of poverty and injustice in the Philippines, many remains to be materially poor. The challenge for the Church in the Philippines to be a Church of the Poor as demanded by the PCP II is even more valid as before.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) officially declared 2015 as the YEAR OF THE POOR inspired with the theme from the gospel of Luke, “ Look at Jesus…And the Lord turned and looked at Peter” (Lk 22, 61). Year of the Poor is the 3rd of the Nine year era of new evangelization.

National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), the development arm of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines, was designated to lead the one-year celebration of the Year of the Poor in collaboration with the different CBCP commissions and the 85 Dioceses in the Philippines.

“The Church is constantly challenged to take the side of the Poor and the Oppressed particularly in the situation where there is a continuing violation of human rights where in justice is being denied for sectors like farmers, indigenous people, fisherfolks, labor and even the victims of calamities. So with this celebration we are called to renew this commitment,” Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary.

Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace (ECSA-JP) Chair and Bishop Juan De Dios Pueblos, Diocese of Butuan led the Eucharistic Celebration together with the Clergy of Butuan and the 200 participants.

NASSA launched these significant events at the National Social Action General Assembly (NASAGA) with the theme “Social Action Network, Fulfilling its mission of becoming Church of the Poor” where all DSACs come together to discuss every 2 years social concerns with their respective diocese.

We also celebrate 40 years of ALAY KAPWA, CBCP’s Lenten evangelization program for the poor, responding to the signs of the times as good stewards taking responsibility to care for our neighbors and creation through evangelization and resource mobilization of the local church. It supports NASSA’s disaster emergency and advocacies toward social transformation and resiliency.

Forty years as a significant number in Bible, is a commitment to share love and justice and to help the poor and the needy. Some of the activities of the program is the “Friend Raising for the Poor (40 4D 4). This project intends to raise P4 Million in forty weeks (40) to support the Self Help Group(SHEG) microfinance project to empower the poor communities.##

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