By listening to poor, mission of ‘Guadium et Spes’ lives, cardinal says

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March 3, 2015

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, speaks delivers annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture in Washington

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, an alumnus of The Catholic University of America, delivers the university’s annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture March 2. Cardinal Tagle’s talk in Washington focused on the final document of Vatican II, released nearly 50 years ago in December 1965. (CNS photo/Ed Pfueller, The Catholic University of America)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — By listening to people’s suffering, joys and daily endeavors, Catholics bring the vision of the Second Vatican Council to the world, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, told an audience at The Catholic University of America.

Such action demonstrates that the church values the dignity of every person, especially the poor, and that it welcomes encounters with the world without fear, as expressed in “Gaudium et Spes,” the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Cardinal Tagle said in delivering the annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture March 2 in Washington.

Cardinal Tagle’s talk focused on the final document of Vatican II, released nearly 50 years ago in December 1965. The document, whose Latin title means “joy and hope,” was intended to lay out the church’s relationship to a rapidly changing society.

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