Bishops ask Filipinos to bring gifts for poor to Mass
Catholic leaders in the Philippines have appealed to churchgoers to donate gifts for the poor when they attend Mass, especially during the observance of World Day of the Poor on 17th November.
Ucanews.org reported that Archbishop Rolando Tirona, head of the social action arm of the Philippine bishops’ conference, said the sharing of gifts ‘is a small gesture to restore hope for the poor’.
In a letter to dioceses across the country, the prelate called for the holding of various events to aid the needy ‘so that no-one feels deprived of solidarity’.
‘In solidarity with Pope Francis’ intentions for the poor…I humbly ask your dioceses’ participation in this special event consistent to our vision of being a Church of the poor,’ wrote Archbishop Tirona.
He suggested that parishioners visit poor communities, prisons, hospitals and conduct social justice forums or dialogue.
In an earlier statement, Bishop Tirona said it was a challenge for Catholics to be mindful of their actions toward the less fortunate and the underprivileged.
Picture: Archive photo, dated 4th January 2013, shows Children receiving free meals in front of a Catholic church in Manila, Philippines. Catholic leaders in the Philippines have appealed to churchgoers to bring gifts for the poor when they attend Mass, especially during the observance of World Day of the Poor on 17th November 2019. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters).