Cardinal Napier lauds CFC’s work for poor

Cardinal Napier lauds CFC’s work for poor

MANILA— Prominent South African Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier lauded the work of the Couples for Christ (CFC) in providing shelter to homeless and underprivileged Filipinos.

The cardinal said he was impressed how the CFC, thru its Answering the Cry of the Poor (Ancop) program, was responding “to the graces and vocations that God has given to you”.

“I’d like to express my appreciation to all those who are part of the program and the role of the CFC in creating communities where God’s love can be felt in practical ways,” Napier said.

The Durban archbishop was in the country for the CFC’s 36th anniversary and visited an Ancop village in San Mateo, Rizal on June 23.

The village has 84 housing units, 74 of which have already been awarded to families who used to live in danger zones or sleeping along the city streets of Metro Manila.

The new community settles on a 4-hectare land donated by the Diocese of Cubao and was built through the support of the CFC-Ancop USA and Canada, and the Rotary Club of Commonwealth.

“This has been a dream for our home partners who want to have their own house,” said Jimmy Ilagan, outgoing chairman of Ancop.

“They’ve been living along riverbanks, under the bridge, and some were even sleeping in pushcarts,” he said.

To date, the Ancop has built more than 2,200 houses in at least 42 communities located in various parts of the country.

As part of community development efforts, Ancop will also continue to conduct values formation, community organizing as well as spiritual enrichment activities for the residents.

Currently, Ancop also runs a scholarship program to support the education of thousands of indigent students in the Philippines. CBCPNews