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OBSERVES INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' MONTH...

Observing Indigenous Peoples (IP) Month is our way of making everyone become aware of the sad plight of the IPs who has always been victims of neglect and injustice. Other than inviting people to immerse themselves in our IP Apostolate, we organize IP related activities, such as this (at St. Paul of the Cross Pastoral Center, Lagao, General Santos City) showcasing IP Arts and Culture, symposia, etc. to heighten this awareness. When that happens, we believe that Christian lowlanders would then be able to express their solidarity with these poor brothers and sisters in their struggle towards equality and self-determination. Moreover, the IPs has shown us the value of the integrity of creation.

October 16, 2015



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We recall that (to quote an official communication from the Generalate), in the 45th General Chapter of our Congregation, commitment to justice, peace and the integrity of creation was the fifth of the top 10 priorities that will serve to guide our process of restructuring on all levels. The Chapter decrees that every Province, Vice-Province and Vicariate develop a plan for the future of its life and mission.

This commitment is profoundly rooted in our charism. Our Constitutions express our desire “to share in the distress of all, especially those who are poor and neglected…” (Const.#3). We believe that the power of the Cross offers us the strength to discern and to alleviate the burden of suffering experienced by the poor and the marginalized of our world. The preferential option for the poor has a central role in the process of Restructuring, guiding us to channel and utilize our resources.

Furthermore, the ecological crisis of the world in which we live invites us to be concerned about the safeguarding and the protection of creation.

The commitment to justice, peace and the integrity of creation that is already present in various areas and apostolates of the Congregation should be integrated into all levels of planning in the Provinces, Vice-provinces and Vicariates including the area of initial formation.

With this goal in mind, we must avail ourselves of the good use of available contacts and networks within the Congregation.


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