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Cardinal: Stop blaming,
focus on suffering poor

SAN CARLOS CITY, Neg. Occ. – Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo yesterday said that, despite the devastation wrought by super typhoon Yolanda, now is not the time for blaming each other, but to work together to help those who are suffering.

Tagle and Lagdameo were in this city  yesterday morning for the installation of  Bishop Gerardo Alminaza as the third head of the Diocese of San Carlos Borromeo.

“A big crisis does not need so much blaming, what we need is learning and working together,” Tagle said.

“Certainly a crisis of this magnitude will have loopholes in the response process. At this time when people are losing lives and we are in a panic mode, maybe precious time is better spent in working together rather than putting the blame on any one,” the Cardinal said.

Lagdameo said, now “is not time to blame one another, it is time to work together,  to cooperate with one another so that the poor will be served.”

Tagle said “We  want  to express to our suffering people the closeness of all Christians. You may not see us…we may not  physically be with  you but you are always in our minds, our thoughts and in our prayers. We feel deeply for you but we don’t only suffer together, we hope together,” he said.

He hopes the effective action done by many people sending  food, water and other forms of  assistance may encourage, not only those suffering, but everyone, Tagle added.

He  also hopes  faith and hope will arise stronger  in this crisis, the Cardinal said.

Lagdameo said he is glad very many people in the Archdiocese of Jaro and   all over  the country have responded to the call to help the victims of the super typhoon.

“May God bless them for their generosity,” he said.

Lagdameo also said priority should be given to the distribution of food because the people are hungry.

Clothes and other things can come later, food is more important to be distributed now, he said.*CPG



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