Picture tells a story of humanity

Cardinal Luis Tagle points to the picture of his maternal grandfather in the mosaic unveiled yesterday (CNS/Robert Duncan)

Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle added a photo of his “Lolo Kim” to a mosaic of migrants, world leaders and Caritas workers to illustrate how humanity forms one family and is sharing one journey. Source: CNS.

The mosaic, now including the cardinal’s maternal grandfather who immigrated to the Philippines from China, was unveiled yesterday at a Vatican news conference kicking off the May 23-28 general assembly of Caritas Internationalis.

The assembly brought together some 450 delegates from more than 150 national Catholic charities from around the world to focus on the theme, “One Human Family. One Common Home.”

Cardinal Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis, told reporters the theme “isn’t a slogan”, but rather an affirmation of the Gospel, of Catholic social teaching, of the teaching of modern popes and, particularly, “an affirmation of the lived experience of Caritas”, its staff and volunteers around the world.

“We are part of one human family,” he said. “We share the same humanity and when we set off on a journey, we discover we have the same dreams, the same desire for a future for our children and for a more just world. We are a family.”

Being part of one family, the cardinal said, also means sharing responsibility for the family home, which is the earth. Efforts to protect human beings and protect the environment at the same time are part of what the Catholic Church calls “integral ecology”.

Michel Roy, who is completing his second four-year term as Caritas secretary-general, said the experience of Caritas Internationalis and its aid and development partners around the world is that climate change is displacing people, especially the poor, and making natural disasters more severe.

“In the coming decades, you will see millions of people who cannot survive where they live now,” because they can no longer grow food or because their land is under water, Mr Roy said.

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Family portraits, mutual support part of Caritas global assembly (CNS

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