THE IMPACT of poverty and disaster on the family as an institution, and the role of Christian faith in the survival of families were discussed in a forum, “Are Poor Families Good News for us Christians?,” conducted by the Philippine Church Communicators’ Network (PCCNet) at the Titus Brandsma Center in Cubao, Quezon City last September 18. The forum, its organizers said, was in preparation for the Fourth World Meeting of Families next year.

The forum, the ninth in a series by the PCCNet, hosted urban-poor families, as well as those displaced by demolition, war, or development, such Manila Muslims, street children, workers, and the elderly.

Representatives from each sector shared stories, particularly how they overcame struggles.

Evelyn Abagao of the Damayan ng mga Maralitang Pilipinong Api, an organization of families displaced by demolition, and Charisma Cabatid of Silong Tanglaw, were resource persons.

Guests came from the UST Office for Community Development, Dominican institutions, and Congregation of St. Paul.

The PCCNet is a coalition of correspondents, writers, educators, and spiritual directors in communication and media convened by the Union of Catholic News Philippines. Michael Louie C. Celis

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