Cardinal Tagle urges Filipinos to join Pope’s ‘Share the Journey’ campaign

Cardinal Tagle urges Filipinos to join Pope’s ‘Share the Journey’ campaign

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, President of Caritas Internationalis, on an aid distribution to a refugee camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in February 2016. CARITAS

MANILA— Caritas Internationalis president Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is inviting parishes and church organizations to join Pope Francis in launching a global migration campaign on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Dubbed as “Share the Journey”, Caritas’ two-year campaign of action and awareness-raising will promote the “culture of encounter” between Catholics and people fleeing their homes in search of a decent and safe life for their families.

“Our campaign gives us an opportunity to remind ourselves and others of certain truths. The Church is called to exercise the hospitality of God towards migrants and refugees,” Tagle said.

“We invite all of your parish, diocesan and national organizations to accompany Pope Francis by launching our global campaign in your countries on this same day,” he said.

The campaign will run at least until 2019 with the more than 160 Caritas members around the world sponsoring events and opportunities for migrants and members of host communities to meet and share their stories.

The initiatives will also be bolstered by support from ACT Alliance, a coalition of 146 churches and faith-based organizations worldwide and a variety of other religious congregations and civil society groups.

A descendant of a migrant himself, Tagle said that this program of Caritas simply suggests to people: “get in touch with a real migrant”.

“Look them in the eyes, listen to why they left their homes, how their journey has been, see the real people behind the numbers and (their) scary stories,” the cardinal said.

“This time of greater interconnection is an invitation to each and every one of us to look at how we can be more united. I hope the global migration and refugee situation will lead the whole world in a corporate examination of consciousness and our value systems,” he added.

Caritas members and supporters are expected to launch actions in their countries and communities around the world. CBCPNews

In Manila, the launching of “Share the Journey” campaign will be held at the Adamson University auditorium at 4:30pm on Wednesday. CBCPNews