Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Wednesday 21 April |
Saint of the Day: St. Anselm of Canterbury
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

The Church in the Philippines: Reflecting on Its Commitment to the Poor


PHILIPPINES-VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives to a meeting with families in Manila on January 16, 2015. Pope Francis is on a five-day visit to the Philippines. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE

L'Osservatore Romano - published on 06/05/15

Evangelizing through sharing

VATICAN CITY — Pride and selfishness are the two sins that most commonly prevent Christians from entering the Kingdom of Heaven. They are also present-day evils in the Philippines, Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, President of the Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), noted in his homily at the Mass celebrated on the occasion of the National Conference on the New Evangelization, which took place in recent days in Pasay City. 

The celebration was attended by around 6,000 faithful and many priests.The prelate reminded those in attendance of the fundamental importance of giving themselves: “The proud can never know God. There can be no true encounter between God and a man who is full of himself and sees himself as a god,” Archbishop Villegas boldly said in his homily. He also emphasized that it is “only through humility” that the faithful can intimately know the Lord.

Humility is closely linked to generosity, the President of the Filipino Bishops’ Conference said. He therefore urged clergy and faithful to give and to share their wealth. “You can only take to heaven what you have given here on earth,” he told them. “When you renounce everything on earth, you will reap its fruit in paradise.” He therefore called on clergy and faithful to imitate Christ, saying: “Do not be afraid to do what Jesus would do, because this is the only road to happiness.”

The archbishop’s call to generosity was also inspired by the central theme of the nation’s Conference on the New Evangelization, i.e., the Church’s commitment to the poor. The bishops of the Philippines have consecrated 2015 to evangelization as part of a “Nine Years of Evangelization” initiative, which began in 2013. The initiative is dedicated to proclaiming the Good News with new tools and objectives, and will culminate in 2022 with the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Gospel being brought to the Islands.

The conference initiative was launched during the Year of Faith called by Benedict XVI, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. 

This article originally appeared in the May 4th Italian edition of the Osservatore Romano.

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Cerith Gardiner
New study shows that these 2 childhood habits make you a happier ...
Philip Kosloski
5 Fascinating facts about Jesus in the Eucharist
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
Philip Kosloski
5 Essential things used at Mass and their symbolism
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
Cerith Gardiner
The lasting lesson from the late Prince Philip
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.