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Cardinal Tagle says church needs to be rescued from self interest



16 Oct. 2013: Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, urged Catholics from all over Asia who gathered in Manila on Wednesday for a conference on "New Evangelization" to help rebuild the Catholic Church from egoism and self interest.
Speaking before some 6,000 delegates to the first Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in Asia, Cardinal Tagle said he hopes the three-day meeting will rejuvenate the Christian faith in the region. The prelate cited the destruction brought about by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, which destroyed centuries-old churches in the province of Bohol on Tuesday, as a metaphor for the need for the "rebuilding" of the Church in Asia. "It’s heartbreaking to see how these heritage churches, which became a foundation of faith for hundreds of years, have now turned into rubble," the Manila prelate said in his homily during the Mass that officially opened the conference at the 400-year old University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
Cardinal Tagle said he could almost hear the message of God to St Francis: “Build my Church, rebuild my Church.” "How can we construct the Church without love that enables us to break from egoism and self-interest in order to embrace God, neighbor, society, and all of creation?” Cardinal Tagle said the "rebuilding" of the Church as a "people of God" is the point of the conference on the "New Evangelization."
Dubbed as the Asian gathering of faith, the event aims "to be instrumental in reigniting the Church’s mission of serving poor members of the society."
Pope Francis is set to address the conference via a video message on Friday.
Source: Ucan




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