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PAPAL VISIT | Christian church leaders ask Francis to support peace talks, other concerns

 

By: Veronica Uy

InterAksyon.com

January 18, 2015 7:27 PM

 

 

MANILA – The head of other Christian churches on Sunday asked PopeIFI Bishop Ephraim Fajutagana Francis to support the resumption of peace talks between the Philippine government and Communist rebels, and the release of all political prisoners.

 

In the brief encounter between the Pope and ten leaders of other religions, Ephraim Fajutagana, who is also Obispo Maximo (Supreme Bishop) of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (Aglipay Church), said he brought with him messages from various sectors, including peasants, workers, women, and migrants, with their various causes.

 

“I brought letters from political prisoners who are on hunger strike in Camp Bagong Diwa. They are asking for, among other things, the swift and just hearing of their cases. Many of them were framed,” he said, adding that they number more than 400.

 

“I also brought letters concerning the desaparecidos, from peasants, the urban poor, workers, and women’s organizations, all generally asking for respect for human rights and the dignity of all human beings,” he added.

 

Fajutagana said the problem of women trafficking should be highlighted.

 

“Government should provide an opportunity so that they will not driven out of the country, It should create the environment so that pwede sila mabuhay dito na may dignidad, at kasiya-siya (they can live here with dignity and with joy),”

 

Fajutagana’s church was founded by workers. It separated from the Catholic Church due to the abuses by Spanish friars.

 

Fajutagana said the Pope’s message of solidarity with the poor is the most important.

 

The Pope is not only defining poverty, but naming “the root causes of poverty. And in the Philippines, it is more due to corruption, yung ninanakaw ang ating kayamanan (those stolen from our treasury) should be given to the people.”

 

“Maximization of natural resources must be in favor of our least fortunate brothers and sisters,” he said.

 

Fajutagana noted that the Pope castigating corruption in government is not an interference into the national affairs of the Philippine government.

 

“Like all Churches, even Jesus Christ had tried to address the issue, telling those around him magsisi kayo ng kasalanan (repent).”

 

 

 

(Photograph by Veronica Uy, InterAksyon.com, the online news portal of TV5)

 

 

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