Bishop: Observe Lent through reaching out to poor

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014


THE military and police bishop on Ash Wednesday urged the Catholics faithful to feed the hungry in areas stricken by manmade and natural calamities as a form of sacrifice during the Lenten season.

In an afternoon mass on the first day of the Lenten season, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) bishop Leopoldo Ulama through a letter entitled "Feed the Hungry" appealed to the Catholic people to fast, pray and give alms to the needy, particularly the population in the areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda, provinces stricken by earthquakes and in Zamboanga where the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MNLF) siege occurred, through the feeding program dubbed "hapag-asa."

"We are appealing to you brothers and sisters to help us feed the poor and the hungry and most especially the malnourish children. As stated in Proverbs 22:9 'he who is generous is blessed for he gives some of his food to the poor,'" he said.

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Ulama said the Lenten season is the best time to carry the burden of others through this feeding program.

"Kung sanay kayo na kumakain ng tatlong beses sa isang araw, ngayong kwaresma, sacrifice. Have only one meal a day and donate the money intended for your second and third meal to our fellow countrymen who were affected by the calamities," he said.

Ulama said this is a good way to prepare for the most important feast in the Catholic Church, which is the Holy week.

Donations can be sent through the website hapagasafeedingprogram.com or through the second collection in the masses in local parishes. (Sunnex)

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