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Pursue the common good, Cardinal tells diplomats, religious leaders

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle greet leaders of different faiths at the opening of the World Interfaith Harmony Week in Manila, Feb. 1, 2018. ROY LAGARDE

MANILA, February 1, 2018–Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle greet leaders of different faiths at the opening of the World Interfaith Harmony Week in Manila, Feb. 1, 2018. ROY LAGARDE

Diplomats and religious leaders share responsibility to work toward serving others based on the common good, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said.

Speaking to some dignitaries and faith leaders on Thursday, he said that a commitment to dialogue must be the hallmark of every institution with a view to the well-being of everyone and peaceful coexistence.

“Let’s all work for the common good for it will serve our individual interest and good,” Tagle said during the celebration of the 2018 World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) in Manila.

“But if we just focus on our individual good and neglect the common good then we also suffer individually,” he said.

The Catholic Church in the Philippines has joined the global community in celebrating the WIHW with this year’s theme “Celebrating the Transforming Love for God and Neighbor for the Common Good”.

In the country, the event brought together members of the Diplomatic Corps and different faith groups and started the celebration with something very simple—a meal.

For the cardinal, it is a “very profound” way of developing harmony.

“That’s why for the Christians, our memorial of Jesus is connected to a meal. That’s where family is always regenerated and the wider family is being called again,” he said.

“Maybe during the week, in meals and different forms of coming together, we will celebrate the love of God and how the love of God could transform us to love neighbors,” added Tagle.

Proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2010, the WIHW is an annual event observed during the first week of February starting 1 as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.

“If there’s any resource that could be tap for the promotion of common good, religion is one of them. And the celebration of the World Interfaith Harmony Week strives to achieve that,” he also said. (Roy Lagarde / CBCPNews)

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