Cardinal Tagle with young adults performing an action song at the Young Adults Mission of Mercy Event.
Young people who attended the Young Adults Mission of Mercy Event organised by Caritas Singapore Young Adults Committee said they felt empowered to be instruments of God’s mercy to others.
“I feel empowered and enriched,” said Ms Samantha Chang, 26. “The sharings of Cardinal Tagle, especially his experiences with the refugees has really made me reflect on the part I can play.”
Ms Alesia Gian, 24, said she had a clearer idea of how to use her gifts to help others, especially the poor and suffering.
About 180 people attended the event, held on Aug 14 at Agape Village. It was an extension of the Social Mission Conference 2016 held the previous day.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle was the main speaker at the event for young adults aged between 18 and 35.
Asked about his main concerns for the Church in Asia, the Archbishop of Manila said he was worried about the increasing gap between the rich and poor, the degradation of the environment and the growing number of young people leaving the Church.
“While the world continues to reinvent itself, growing wealthier and wealthier, the poor are being left behind. It makes me sad because the goods of the world are meant to be shared by all, not a few,” said Cardinal Tagle.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said he was worried about the number of young people leaving the Church.
On how the Church can help: “We will continue to teach and journey with the marginalised.”
The Social Mission Conference discussed ways Catholics can reach out to the poor
Mr Laurence Lien (far left), the conference moderator, with panellists at the Aug 13 Social Mission Conference: (from left) Assoc Prof Teo You Yenn, Mr Zainal Bin Sapari, Dr Christopher Cheok and Mr Jonathan Chang.
Assisting low-wage workers, helping single parents find work-life harmony and supporting caregivers. These were some of the topics discussed during the Aug 13 Social Mission Conference organised by Caritas Singapore.
Agape Village received an Honourable Mention in the Institutional Projects category for the SIA Architectural Design Awards.
The recently restored Church of Sts Peter and Paul and the relatively new Agape Village have won major architectural awards.
The 146-year-old church on Queen St received the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) Architectural Heritage Award for Restoration on Oct 6 and the SIA (Singapore Institute of Architects) Architectural Design Award in the Conservation Category on Sept 29.
The one-year-old Agape Village in Toa Payoh received an Honourable Mention in the Institutional Projects category for the SIA Architectural Design Awards.