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His Eminence, Peter Kodwo Cardinal Turkson, D.D. President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PCJ, Vatican Francis Senden Memorial Lecturer on “Caritas in Veritate (CV) and Human Rights in a Globalized World.”

His Eminence, Peter Kodwo Cardinal Turkson, D.D.
President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PCJ, Vatican Francis Senden Memorial Lecturer on “Caritas in Veritate (CV) and Human Rights in a Globalized World.”

“Openness to life is at the center of true development. When a society moves towards the denial or suppression of life, it ends up no longer finding the necessary motivation and energy to strive for man’s true good.” (CV, no. 28)

“Openness to God makes us open towards our brothers and sisters and towards an understanding of life as a joyful task to be accomplished in a spirit of solidarity. (CV, no. 78)

“Only if we are aware of our calling as individuals and as a community, to be part of God’s family as his sons and daughters, will we be able to generate a new vision and muster new energy in the service of a truly integral humanism. (CV, ibid.)

“In concert then with many friends all around the world and throughout Asia, we call upon ASI at 50 to reiterate its dedication to the outward challenges and mission that it has always embraced.”

“…The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PCJP) extends its heartiest commendation and assures ASI of its solidarity and support with prayers for everything that it wants to do. Your President is a member of the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences (PASS). This academy closely works with PCJP as its think tank. And on account of that, therefore, there already exists the formula for close collaboration between PCJP and ASI. In recognition finally the great work that ASI is doing, I would like to confer on the President of the ASI a small medal from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in recognition of the great work ASI is doing for the transformation of this part of the world and even beyond…We thank you for what you are doing and we commend ASI for its good work.”

“Finally, by way of concluding, in the name of PCJP and on its behalf and of the many friends gathered here, I wish ASI all its crop of professors, lecturers, staff, personnel, students and all its alumni wherever you are working – I wish you success and God’s blessings to continue to uphold the good work of ASI. God bless you and thank you.

 Panelists

Commissioner Norberto de la Cruz Representing Government’s Human Rights Sector

Commissioner Norberto de la Cruz
Representing Government’s Human Rights Sector

“The Commissioner on Human Rights is your Partner…your Friend, your Team-mate…All for Human Rights”

“No cause is more worthy than the cause of Human Rights. Human Rights are more than legal. They are the essence of man/woman. They are what make human rights. According to the late Senator Jose Diokno, ‘deny human rights, and you deny man/woman’s dignity.’”

Monsignor Dr. Gerardo Santos Representing Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP)

Monsignor Gerry Santos
Representing Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP)

“I challenge ASI to share its best to CEAP as well as to the public schools. In terms of the methodology of Catholic Social Teachings (CSTs) of reading the signs of the times…what is important these days is to read the signs of the times. That came from Blessed John XXIII. It was canonized in the Second Vatican Council. To read the signs of the time, we must ask ourselves what is happening, how do people behave today and how do we read this from the prism of our Catholic Faith.”

“How do we integrate CSTs in …basic education. I propose the engagement of ASI in integration of CSTs not only for Catholic schools but also in the public school system. Afterall that is the mission of the Church for humankind. For the Church is an expert teacher looking at humanity as an open book. An integral formation of the human person is a challenge that ASI should promote in its dialogue with the other educational institutions in the areas of research, instruction and extension.”

Mr. Charlie Capricho, National Fisherfolk Leader Representing People’s Organizatins (Pos)

Mr. Charlie Capricho,
National Fisherfolk Leader Representing People’s Organizatins (Pos)

“After several decades in which our sector has worked for what it advocates considering the challenges we still face, it is but fitting that programs and projects that promote human rights, human dignity, peace and sustainable development be further strengthened to contribute to genuine people empowerment.”

Mr. Meneleo Carlos Co-Chair Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference (BBC), representing Business

Mr. Meneleo Carlos
Co-Chair Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference (BBC), representing Business

“Property rights are at the heart of a great deal of poverty in our region. Our neighbors already have provided land to their poor and their poverty is being alleviated well while we stagnate. It is about time that we also provide our people the means to help themselves.”

“Even our Constitution in Section 6 provides that “the use of property bears a social function and all economic agents shall contribute to the common good. Individuals and private groups including corporations, cooperatives and similar collective organizations shall have the right to own, establish and operate economic enterprises, subject ot the duty of the State to promote distributive justice and to intervene when the common good so demands.

Ms. Ceres Doyo, Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) Representing Media

Ms. Ceres Doyo,
Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) Representing Media

“Give Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), our modern day heroes a human voice. Not just to portray them as so-called lonely crowd, or as statistics, but as individual persons with individual lives, God’s creation.”

Professor Felipe de Leon, Chair of the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Representing Culture and the Arts

Professor Felipe de Leon,
Chair of the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Representing Culture and the Arts

“ASI can do some psycho-social restoration work in our cities especially through education so that we can cure our urban blight and be able to modernize without losing our soul as a people. This, ASI has been magnificently fulfilling for the past fifty years and perhaps until the next fifty years.”

“Having had the high standard of education and having for its students the broadest representation of advocates and activists for sustainable development, the ASI is in the most advantageous position to revitalize levels of creative, integrative, relevant and workable programs for the re-enchantment of all things and applying this view now and in the future.”

Rev. Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Deputy, Social Action Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, (CBCP)

Rev. Fr. Edwin Gariguez,
Deputy, Social Action Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, (CBCP)

“ASI intentionally deviates from the conventional paradigm of academic studies perceived purely as intellectual pursuit, a master of theoretical debate and bookish discourses with no bearing at all outside of the confines of the academic institution. Far from the usual preoccupation of pursuing a degree to boost career opportunities or to flaunt a diploma, ASI is more concerned with harnessing the students’ potential to developing a critical synthesis through a cohesive interdisciplinary learning process, in widening their horizon and in instilling a renewed consciousness in relation to their role and responsibility to society. I know this for a fact. I am an ASI alumnus too.”

 Closing Remarks

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, DD, Chair of the ASI Board of Trustees, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, Chairperson, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, DD,
Chair of the ASI Board of Trustees, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, Chairperson, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)

We are so blessed by the service of the Asian Social Institute to the Church in the Philippines and in Asia for the past fifty years and during this morning…this has been hammered down to us…and we are so grateful to the Lord for all this service…so many development workers have come out from this humble institution to work in various institutions for the development of peoples according to the vision of a paradigm that puts human beings and the natural environment at the center.

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