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Saturday, 14 June 2014

New evangelization is all about ‘truth’ – CBCP head

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New evangelization is all about ‘truth’ – CBCP head

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PASAY City, June 11, 2014— New Evangelization is all about truth.

This is how the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Socrates Villegas summed up the content and manner of New Evangelization during the 2014 New Evangelization Conference (NEC) Saturday, June 7 held at the SMX Hall, Mall of Asia.

In a written speech delivered on his behalf by Joseph Latorre from the Diocese of Parañaque, Villegas said New Evangelization can be expressed in three ways: Seek the truth, speak the truth, do the truth.

An estimated 4,000 delegates participated in the New Evangelization Conference 2014 on June 7, 2014 at the SMX 1, Mall of Asia in Pasay City. (Photo: CBCP News)
Society founded on truth

The renewal of our country, the prelate stressed, demands all Catholic Filipinos, especially the lay faithful, to return to truthfulness and the fostering of the sense of the common good.
He said that “a society that is not founded on truth cannot stand, because a society not founded on truth is either founded on lies or deceit which can provide no stable basis for human relationships and a stable social order”.
He detailed, “This means that we must seek what is right, speak what is right, and do what is right; and to do so “in love”, that is, in solidarity with and service of others.”

In a more poetic tone, Villegas said New Evangelization is about “proclaiming the beautiful in the world.”

“New Evangelization is celebrating what is right with the world. New Evangelization is restoring integrity to the world,” he added.

What makes evangelization new?

Villegas explained that evangelization is the “proclamation, witness and implanting of the Gospel given to humanity by our Lord Jesus Christ and the opening up of people’s lives, society, culture and history to the Person of Jesus Christ and to His living community, the Church”.

But what differentiates evangelization from New Evangelization is the intended recipient.
The Lingayen-Dagupan prelate shared that this New Evangelization addresses primarily those who have “drifted from the faith and from the Church” in traditionally Catholic countries like the Philippines.

He recognized that the Filipino faithful are being “called to do by this task of New Evangelization in Asia … to consider anew the new methods and means for transmitting the Good News more effectively to our people.”

According to Villegas, “We are challenged anew to foster in the Church in our country a renewed commitment and enthusiasm in living out the Gospel in all the diverse areas of our lives, in real-life practice, challenged anew to become more and more authentic witnesses of our faith, especially to our Asian neighbors as a fruit of our intensified intimacy with the Lord.”

While a pressing concern in his archdiocese prevented him from making it physically to the 2014 NEC, Villegas’ presence was felt just the same by the thousands of animated faithful that day committing themselves to “live Christ, share Christ”. (Raymond A. Sebastián)


Pork scam robs June 12 of meaning – priest

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PARAÑAQUE City, June 13, 2014—Just a day ahead of the 116th Philippine independence day celebration, Baclaran shrine’s rector was honest enough to call the country’s independence a sham, especially with the unresolved pork barrel scam.

Baclaran Church devotees make a public statement about their disgust over the still unresolved pork barrel scam. (Photo: Baclaran Church)
Not wanting to “spoil the fun”, Redemptorist father Victorino Cueto reasoned that the many serious problems Filipinos face as a nation, particularly the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam, involving numerous elected “public servants”, prevent them from achieving “complete independence”.

And by independence, the priest meant not simple freedom from foreign domination, as was the case over 116 years ago, but ordinary citizens’ right to get what they deserve from people they voted into office.

Cueto told his audience, “Schools recently opened. Imagine just how many school children would have benefitted from those ‘missing’ billions.”

That amount, he explained, could have funded the building of classrooms and the purchase of much needed textbooks for public school students.

Cueto lamented that because of graft, many supposedly good projects never make it beyond the planning stage.

“Say, of the total budget bankrolled for a particular project, ten percent went to this politician, another ten percent to that one, and five to so-and-so…until there is hardly left of the taxpayers’ money,” he said in Filipino.

He feared that Filipinos, with anomalies becoming all too common, are getting too used to a culture of corruption that they no longer feel outraged when politicians rob them of their hard-earned money.

Cueto told the assembled faithful that, as devotees of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, they must be vigilant and must look after one another.

According to him, “It’s ironic that many of our poor beg politicians for help in times of crisis … We are devotees of ‘Mahal na Ina’, we should care for each other.” (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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