Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula assured that the church is open to everyone even of other beliefs and faiths.
This was the statement of the Cardinal during the celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2023 with the theme 'Do Good. Seek Justice.'
In a report from Radio Veritas 846, Cardinal Advincula said that the Catholic Church continues to interact with every religious group with the aim of uniting the community as God's people.
"The Church is inclusive. The Church is ecumenical. The Church is in dialogue with other faith traditions. The Church is in dialogue with the whole world. Our goal is Christian unity so that the world may believe," the Cardinal said.
The Cardinal expressed that the Lord is not pleased with any church work if there is a patronage of violence and injustice in society especially among the poor and marginalized sectors.
He also asserted that everyone should live the message of Prophet Isaiah that justice can be achieved by putting aside violence, wealth and power, and taking care of the vulnerable and poor sector of the community.
The Cardinal emphasized that when Jesus was born into the world, hope was given to the marginalized as well as the poor because Jesus embraced them with all his love.
Pope Francis first asked the faithful to pray for every Christian that the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit will give light to the human mind.
The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2023 was selected by the Minnesota Council of Churches, USA in the aftermath of the extrajudicial killing of George Floyd and the trial of the police officer responsible for his death.
The theme, taken from the first chapter of the Book of Isaiah, reflects his concern for the oppressed who suffer from injustice and inequality fed by hypocrisy that leads to disunity.
He teaches that God requires righteousness and justice from all of us, to create the peace and unity that God desires. These virtues originate in God's love for all, and racism runs counter to this vision.
Isaiah's challenge to do good and seek justice together applies equally to us today. (Cindy Gorospe)
Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.” Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.