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Philippine Church groups launch network for poor

MANILA (UCAN): Catholic and Protestant Church groups in the Philippines launched the Anawim Mission Network, which aims to promote political consciousness among the poor, on April 6.
The network is the a result of a gathering of Church groups to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
“We saw the need to transform the unity and harmony developed among Christian Churches into a mission for the poor,” said Carmelite Father Rico Ponce of the Institute of Spirituality in Asia.
Members have promised to share their social capital, organisational structures, and material and financial resources with the poor.
The group takes its name from the Hebrew word meaning the poor. It plans to have immersion activities in urban poor communities and among victims of persecution.
“Through integration with the basic masses, we will be able to learn their needs, and the things that we could do to liberate them,” Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez of the Ecumenical Bishops’ Forum, said.
“There is a need to raise the political awareness of the poor,” said Father Dionito Cabillas of the Philippine Independent Church. “We must show them the connections of the present political situation to their lives.” 
Reverend Rex Reyes, secretary-general of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, said, “Amid the falsehood, hypocrisy and tyranny of the present, people of faith need to amplify the voices of the victims and survivors of these maladies,” he said.

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