The Archdiocese of Manila has initiated an anti-illegal drugs program aimed to restore drug addicts, according to a post on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.
The program is entitled, “Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay,” involves that parishes in the archdiocese set up healing centers.
Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis NAtonio Tagle spearheaded the program launched on Sunday with a mass held at the Manila Cathedral.
Tagle was quoted in his homily that we seek healing justice, not revenge, because only justice heals, and revenge wounds all the more.
The said program aims to provide psycho-spiritual support to drug dependents and will be implemented by Restorative Justice Ministry.
Other organizations involved in the program are Center for Family Ministry, UST Graduate School of Psycho-Trauma, Department of Interior and Local Government, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
“This is our recreation to what is happening to our country now. Are we not going to do anything and let them die? Let us help them,” Restorative Justice Ministry head Fr. Roberto de la Cruz stressed.
He added now that they’ve surrendered to the government, our task is to ask them to surrender themselves fully to God because that’s when transformation will start.
The enrolled recipients of this program will undergo spiritual formation, counseling, livelihood projects, skills training, arts and cultural program, and sports involvement.
Source: GMA Network