Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will launch today during Sunday Mass at 10 p.m., at the Manila Cathedral “Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay,” the archdiocesan-wide drug-rehab program.
Sanlakbay strengthens the preventive phase of the Restorative Justice Ministry of Caritas Manila (CM), which helps in the healing of drug surrenderers and their families through spiritual formation, counseling, livelihood projects, skills formation training, and arts and culture and sports activities for holistic development.
Sanlakbay covers paralegal assistance, religious studies (Bible study, catechesis), livelihood training, education, advocacy, social action and services, and medical assistance.
Also taking part in Sanlakabay are Center for Family Ministries, University of Santo Tomas Graduate School’s Psycho-Trauma Clinic, Department of Interior and Local Government, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Sanlakbay is the response of the Church to the Duterte administration’s war on illegal drugs. According to the police, 734,231 drug pushers and users have surrendered in its “Oplan Tokhang” as of Oct. 6.
Cardinal Tagle said Sanlakbay is also in response to Pope Francis’ declaration of 2016 as Year of Mercy.
The Master of Arts (MA) Social/Pastoral Communication program of the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School and the UST Faculty of Sacred Theology will hold the research colloquium, “The Gospel in Digital Society: Asian Realities and Challenges,” on Oct. 27 at UST Thomas Aquinas Research Complex 1-5 p.m.
Organized with the St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center, the forum will tackle to impact of digitalization amid pastoral challenges in Asia. Key presentation will be made by Fr. Anthony Le Duc, SVD, who holds a doctorate in religious studies from Assumption University of Thailand.
Other presentations: “Sharing Faith in a Digital World: Catechesis and Religious Instruction”; “The Marketplace of Apps and the Church”; “Between Digital and Spiritual Reality: Is God Online or Offline”; “Social Communication in Pastoral Ministry: From Hierarchy to Networks”; “Church Documents on New Media”; and “Radio Streaming: A New Way of Communicating.”
The concert, “Love in Abundance: An Outpouring of Blessings,” will be mounted on Oct. 26, at the Grand Ballroom, Shangri-La at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City.
To be directed by Floy Quintos, the benefit concert will feature the inspirational music of Ryan Cayabyab as performed by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Bo Cerrudo, Esang de Torres, Bituin Escalante, Celeste Legaspi, and Basil Valdez.
Proceeds will benefit some 5, 000 scholars of Caritas Manila’s scholarship program.
Call Caritas Manila 2545519, 5620020 to 25 loc. 35 or 39.
First-class relic of St. Jude Thaddeus—an “ex ossibus” from the apostle’s bone—is exposed for public veneration at the Radio Veritas Chapel until Oct. 28, his feast.
St. Jude Thaddeus is the patron saint of hope and impossible causes. The New Testament states he was brother of St. James the Less. Present during Pentecost, he traveled throughout Mesopotamia, Libya and Persia and died a martyr’s death. His body was later brought to Rome and placed in a crypt under St. Peter’s Basilica.
RV Chapel, 2/F Veritas Tower, 162 West Ave. and Edsa; Call 9257932 to 39 loc. 129.