Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila (right), president of Caritas Internationalis, leads the blessing and opening of the Center for Resiliency and Empowerment and Integral Development in Tagaytay. (Photo: Roy Lagarde)
The social action secretariat of the Philippines' Catholic bishops' conference has inaugurated the country's first "social action academy" for development and humanitarian workers.Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila and Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, outgoing papal nuncio to the Philippines, officially opened the new center of learning on Dec. 13."I hope this center will not only contribute to the Philippines and to Asia but also to the growth of wisdom and professionalism in the Church," Cardinal Tagle said.The prelate, who heads Caritas Internationalis, said the Church is working "toward professional training so that our services to the poor will really be of quality."He warned not only against having "professionals without a heart" but also of "pure heart without training and formation" that will only make services to the poor wanting.
"We intend to offer more courses to meet the needs of diocesan workers, civil society and faith-based organizations in increasing our capacity in service and pastoral ministry," said the priest.