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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, keynote speaker at the major congress on humanitarian aid and summit meeting of international Caritas representatives in Vienna – warns of increase in the number of destructive typhoons, but also “daily storms” such as hunger and poverty that bring severe suffering to mankind.
Caritas Socialis President Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has pointed out the devastating effects of climate change.
“Caritas sees it as one of its primary tasks to provide humanitarian assistance in natural disasters – “and also in the man-made tragedies,” Tagle said during the press conference held in Vienna on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
Unemployment, conflict, hunger and poverty are “daily storms” affecting a large part of humanity, said the president of “Caritas Internationalis”, the umbrella organization of the 165 national Caritas associations worldwide. Many of the world’s conflicts have economic and political causes. The Caritas take no party, but try to relieve the suffering of people regardless of their religion or origin. “It’s always about the people,” said the cardinal. The Catholic relief organization is the “serving arm of the Church” and is “urged by the love of Jesus to help the needy”. Tagle continues: “We can not be happy if someone else suffers.”
Cardinal Tagle had the chance to meet the Filipino Community in Vienna on Wednesday, when he celebrated the Holy Mass at the St. Stephan’s Cathedral. The Cathedral was filled with Filipino faithful, all wanted to saw their Filipino Cardinal and celebrate with him the Holy Sacrifice oft he mass.
The Cardinal challenged the Filipinos here to show their love and respect to other people. Such qualities should be manifested in their daily lives.
„Let the Filipino be known, not only by our foods, songs and festivities, but let w e be known by the quality of our love, a love that enable us to respect other people, a love that is truthful and jjust. Wherever we are, let that be the mark of a Filipino,“ the Cardinal said.
— Hector Pascua
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