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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Church tackles drug addiction

THE growing threat of drug addiction of individuals and families will be one of the topics that will be discussed during the 2nd Regional Catholic Charismatic Conference (RCCC) in Cebu today.

Fe Barino, chairperson of the Archdiocese of Cebu’s Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service (CCRS), said this year’s event will carry the theme “Empowered by the Holy Spirit as Agents of Mercy.”

Around 2,000 members of the Catholic Charismatic communities in Cebu, Negros Oriental, Bohol and Siquijor will be attending the event.

In an interview with Sun.Star Cebu, Barino said one of the RCCC speakers is Rene Francisco, a drug rehabilitation practitioner accredited by the Department of Health and the Dangerous Drugs Board.

Francisco has his own community-based drug recovery facility in Ozamis City and Bohol.

He is also the program director of the SuGod (Surrender to God) Community-based Drug Recovery program, which started in Liloan, Cebu.

Francisco will be speaking about “Evangelizing the Lost.” He will share his experiences in caring for the recovering drug addicts and helping them go back to society.

He will also talk on how the Church can help the drug dependents.

Also speaking before RCCC today is Ale Aguspina, an evangelizer and founder of God’s People Catholic Fellowship.

Aguspina will discuss about the role of the Catholic Charismatic communities as “agents of mercy” and in strengthening the family life.

The RCCC will end tomorrow with a holy mass that will be led by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.
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