[Press Release] Papal Nuncio, International Groups Show Solidarity to First Church People-Workers Conference

The Philippine representative of Pope Benedict 16th commend the organizers and participants of the Church People-Workers Solidarity (CWS) National Conference  that will start today, September 12 here in Cebu City, saying the gathering is an opportune time to “reflect upon the Church’s mission to be involved actively in social transformation.”

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Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, conveyed his message through the conference convenors Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma whose Cebu diocese will host the National gathering, and Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza of the Archdiocese of Jaro.

The CWS National Conference will start today, Sept 12 until Sept 15  at the Mariner’s Court near  Pier1 Cebu City. Around 400 delegates are expected to attend the activity. The activity coincides with the 30th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s encyclical letter Laborem exercens. Said encyclical letter emphasizes the primacy of labor over capital and affirms the dignity of human work.

Other international labor and Church groups have expressed solidarity to the National Conference. Archbishop Dr. Werner Thissen, Chairman of the German Bishop’s Conference for MISEREOR in his letter said, “[i]n view of the difficult situation  in which Filipino workers find themselves both at home and abroad and in view of threat to and persecution of trade union members in the Philippine, the Church must show  solidarity.”

A Canada-based international women and labor organization, Maquila Solidarity Network, also commends the activity. Executive Director, Lynda Yanz said that their group hopes that the conference will be able to further strengthen the critical bond of the Church and the workers and truly build a “Church for the Poor.”

The labor group likewise recognizes the invaluable role of the Church in supporting and strengthening the struggle for human rights and dignity of workers.###

Reference: Gary Martinez, Spokesperson, Church People-Workers Solidarity,+639393914418

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