Raman and Teresita Santiago, a Christian married couple from the Philippines, members of the Catholic movement "Couples For Christ", have arrived in Orissa in recent days for a meeting with about 100 local Christian couples in Balliguda, in the district of Kandhamal, which houses the community of the baptized marked by anti-Christian massacres that occurred in 2008.
As Fides learns, the theme of the meeting was taken from the Letter of
St. Paul to the Corinthians 16: 13-14, "Be on your guard. Stand firm in
your faith. Be courageous. Be strong. Your every act should be done with
love" and on the other hand there was a reference to the missionary
impulse the Pope talks about in Evangelii gaudium, that "can transform
The Filipino couple invited those present to become aware that "we are
all called to mature in our work as evangelizers, to give witness to the
Gospel" and brought their experience in the movement of "Couples For
Christ", saying that "that family that prays together stays united". "We
are impressed to see people who have left their daily work to be here
and prove to have a thirst for God", said Raman Santiago, coordinator
for Asia of the movement "Couples for Christ".
"We are grateful to our guests because they help to strengthen the faith
of the people of Kandhamal and help to provide education for poor
children", said Mgr. John Barva, Bishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar.
"Couples For Christ" (CFC) is a Catholic movement founded in 1981 in
Manila, the Philippines.
Over the years, CFC has expanded and is now
present in 110 countries. In 1995, CFC was approved by the Bishops'
Conference of the Philippines, as a private national organization of lay
faithful, and since 2000 has been recognized by the Holy See as an
international association of lay faithful of pontifical right.
organization of CFC partners, called "Answering the Cry of the Poor"
(ANCOP) helps the poor and the needy through programs regarding
education, health, nutrition. There are currently 267 poor children of
Kandhamal who receive aid from ANCOP.