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Who are the Poor in the “Year of the Poor”?

By: Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, MPA





To the organizers of this “Year of The Poor”, this question is perhaps a no-brainer. In fact, when I joined the brainstorming for this event, those who attended easily rattled off the groups that are deemed to be poor. They are the farmers, fishermen, drivers, security guards, vendors, the indigenous people, the unemployed, those in slums, the physically handicapped, and even those imprisoned. While some may disagree on this listing, we Filipinos have long had the impression that these groups are indeed what constitute the poor in our society. There are other clusters, of course, which are not mentioned but they can easily be identified as such like the scavengers, alms-seekers and the homeless, who make the streets their official abode.

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CARDINAL ISSUES ORATIO IMPERATA IN WAKE OF TYPHOON RUBY

 




Typhoon Ruby (International name: Hagupit) has entered our country. Some weather experts categorize it as a Super Typhoon, and this awakens extreme dread and fear among us especially those who are victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

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POVERTY THAT DEHUMANIZES, POVERTY THAT SANCTIFIES CBCP Lenten Message 2014




Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8)


POVERTY THAT DEHUMANIZES, POVERTY THAT SANCTIFIES


CBCP Lenten Message 2014



As we begin this Lenten Season in the Year of the Laity, we invite you, our brothers and sisters, to reflect on poverty, particularly the types that contradict God‟s Kingdom as well as those other types that promote and establish the Kingdom. We do this following the lead of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, whose own Lenten Message takes its inspiration from St. Paul writing about our Lord Jesus Christ: “He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (cf. 2 Cor 8:9).
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Pope Francis’ visit: a blessing, a call to personal and social responsibility - Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle




Message of His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on the Announcement of the Official Itinerary of the Apostolic and State Visit of His Holiness, Pope Francis, to the Philippines in January 2015


Today the Vatican released the program of His Holiness Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to the Philippines on January 15 – 19, 2015. We cannot contain our joy. We want the whole Filipino nation to know of this good news.

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