Listen to see common humanity, Tagle says on World Day of the Poor

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MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle stressed that listening is key to seeing humanity among men in the Mass for the World Day of the Poor at the Santisimo Parish Church last Nov. 17.

Tagle said listening to the poor’s stories would make one understand that men’s struggles are the same.

Isang kinakatakot natin ay pag nakinig tayo sa iba, matutuklasan natin ang ating sarili. Ang mga bagay na itinatanggi natin sa sarili natin, kapag nakinig ka, babagsak ‘yan. Natatakot tayong makinig dahil baka bumulaga sa atin ang tunay nating pagkatao,” he said in his homily.

Helping the poor begins with respecting their dignity, Tagle said.

Kapag ipinagdiriwang ang World Day of the Poor [sana ay may] pagbabalik-loob, pagbabagong-isip at matanggal ang yabang na nagpapanggap na kami’y mas mataas at nasa amin ang solusyon para sa buhay ng mga dukha,” he said.

A program, organized by the Archdiocese of Manila, was held at the UST Seminary Gym.

Fr. Luke Moortgat tackled the economy and poverty reduction. His talk was followed by a theatrical presentation titled, “Panaghoy ng Dukha” by Tanghalang Balic Balic. P. A. M. G.

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