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Personal conversion: ‘We must confront evil’ — CBCP exec

Personal conversion: ‘We must confront evil’ — CBCP exec

MANILA— Personal conversion must be concretely expressed by serving others and confronting the ‘evils’ the country is facing such as the extrajudicial killings, a Church official said.

Redemptorist Fr. Amado Picardal, executive secretary of the bishops’ Committee on Basic Ecclessial Communities, said that individual conversion should always lead to social responsibility.

In his Holy Week reflection for “online Visita Iglesia“, he said these evils include the increasing number of drug-related killings in the country without due process.

“It is important that during this time of Lent, besides undergoing this inner renewal, this personal conversion must be concretely expressed in our service to others,” Picardal said.

“In the mercy and compassion that we have for others also means confronting the evil around us, especially the culture of death, the violation of human rights and the extrajudicial killings,” he said.

The priest added that personal conversion must always find expression in efforts to transform the structures of society.

“So we have to participate not just in our personal conversion but in the transformation of our society,” he also said.

Picardal is the former spokesman of the Coalition Against Summary Executions which documented the cases of alleged extrajudicial killings in Davao City. CBCPNews

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