18 April, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 08/05/2013 17:32
PHILIPPINES
Card Tagle: laity as active messengers for the New Evangelisation
Manila archbishop opens First Saturday Catechesis in the capital, calling on lay people to be the first witnesses of the Gospel at home, at work, and in society. For priests, the task is to educate them about their mission. Prelate appeals to politicians, who more than any other must "bring the teachings of Christ to their world."

Manila (AsiaNews) - Catholics should be active heralds of the New Evangelisation by living the faith they profess and influencing individuals in their respective communities, workplaces and families, this according to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

Lay people need not be ordained to proclaim the Good News. In fact, their lay status gives them a vital role in the mission of the Catholic Church in propagating its moral and spiritual ideals to its people.

"The responsibility of priests is to recognise the gifts present in their community, eventually nourishing and developing the laity to be one in communion and salvation," the prelate explained.

"The plan of God does not intend to make the ordained ministers shoulder the entire mission of the Catholic Church. Lay people have a responsibility to fulfil as well," Tagle said in his talk at the Magpas or First Saturday Catechesis of Manila archdiocese.

In the address he delivered at the Cardinal Sin Auditorium of the Paco Catholic School in Manila, citing the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, Tagle said that priests are expected to "promote the dignity of the laity and the role proper to them" to help church ministers carry out their mission in the church and in the world. "Christ has called them to become lay persons and they have chosen to heed His call," he added.

Since they are present in every area of society, lay people can reach a wider scope of people, Tagle noted. "The spheres of family, labour, business, technology, science, culture, and media, among many others, are the primary places where the laity participates. Their mission is to bring back faith back to these places," he said.

To do this, it is not enough for lay individuals to display their religiosity by merely attending Masses. They must live the faith they profess in their respective workforces to influence more people.

The Filipino cardinal also urged politicians to bring the teachings of Christ to their world so people will no longer judge the country's political system as an arena tainted by corruption and opportunism.

"If you politicians are serious about your being Christian, bring the kingdom of Christ and His Gospel there. No one will ever clean your world but yourselves," he said.

"I hope that before the end of the Year of Faith, more lay people will be trained to become effective heralds of the Word," he added.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
01/31/2005 VATICAN - ASIA
Mass in memory of the 'Bacon Priest', founder of Aid to the Church in Need
10/09/2004 PHILIPPINES
Archbishop Capalla tells people to rely on Cross of Jesus to fight corruption
by Sonny Evangelista
10/22/2004 INDONESIA
Former Indonesian President defends a Catholic church
by Mathias Hariyadi
12/06/2011 INDONESIA
Semarang: evangelisation course in St Theresia Parish proves a success
by Mathias Hariyadi
01/11/2014 VIETNAM
Vietnamese Jesuits mark 400 years of mission with a solemn Mass

Editor's choices
SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
FRANCE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch on the uncertain future of eastern Christians, a bridge between the West and Islam
by Mar Louis Raphael I SakoThe wars in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have made things worse for their peoples, especially minorities. As Western policies have been a failure, fundamentalism has grown with the Arab Spring losing out to extremism. Muslim authorities have a role in protecting rights and religious freedom. The presence of Christians in the Middle East is crucial for Muslims.
CHINA - EUROPEAN UNION
Xi Jinping returns home full of deals and silence
by Bernardo CervelleraThe Chinese president signed agreements worth tens of billions of Euros in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. He also stayed clear of any press conference. At the College of Europe in Bruges, he presented his dream of a new trillion-dollar Silk Road. Yet, he also made it clear that at home, the monopoly of power stays with the Party, squashing any dream for political reform in China. On the Internet, netizens disagree with him.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.