Children to benefit from Lenten fast in Manila Archdiocese

Cardinal Tagle reminds Filipino Catholics to exercise charity
Children to benefit from Lenten fast in Manila Archdiocese

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila gives communion during Mass to a child in an urban poor community in the Philippine capital. (Photo by George Moya) reporter, Manila
February 13, 2018
Poor Filipino children will benefit from a Catholic Lenten program that will provide supplemental feeding, early childhood education, and livelihood and skills training for parents.

The Archdiocese of Manila will start on Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday, its Fast2Feed project that aims to feed poor families.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said Catholics are "especially called upon to exercise charity in our dealings with our neighbors" during the Lenten season.

"To have a genuine concern for those who are needy and who suffer, and to perform concrete good works ... (is) the very heart of Christian life."

The program appeals to people to fast and donate money that would otherwise be spent for food to the project.

Cardinal Tagle said it takes less than US$3 for six months to feed a hungry and undernourished child.

The Lenten campaign was able to help 18,000 children from all over the country.

Ash Wednesday signals the start of Lent, the season for Catholics to fast and pray and do works of mercy.

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