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Ash Wednesday marks start of Lent

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged the faithful to take part in the Fast2Feed program of Hapag-Asa that aims to raise funds to feed at least 20,000 children in poor communities. Edd Gumban

MANILA, Philippines -  Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has revived the Fast2Feed program as Catholics troop to churches today to mark Ash Wednesday, which ushers in the 40-day Lenten season.

Tagle urged the faithful to take part in the Fast2Feed program of Hapag-Asa that aims to raise funds to feed at least 20,000 children in poor communities.

In his pastoral letter, Tagle asked the people to “reconcile with God by praying, fasting and performing acts of charity.”

Tagle encouraged the faithful to fast during Lent and to donate the money they save to feed the poor.

“It only takes P1,200 for six months or P10 per day to make an undernourished child healthy,” he said.

In his circular to priests in the Archdiocese of Manila, Tagle said envelopes would be distributed in parishes and schools. The envelopes with donations could either be offered during masses or turned over to the parish office.

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Hapag-Asa has fed around 1.6 million malnourished children since the program was launched in 2005.

Aside from the supplemental feeding program, the Church has been providing children with early values education while their parents were given skills training and livelihood opportunities.

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