TACLOBAN CITY – The Archdiocese of Palo launched a feeding program for poor people in Leyte as a “work of mercy” in preparation for next year apostolic visit of Pope Francis. Launched on November 30, Archbishop John Du asked all the 78 parishes within the archdiocese to set up a table every Sunday for feeding of the poor in the community. Dubbed as “Lamesa ni Martha” (Martha’s table), the project is a way of taking care of the poor, said Amadeo Alvero, Archdiocese of Palo social communications director. “The table is a sign of the Church’s readiness to take care of the poor especially on this year of the poor. This is our hope and prayer that as we prepare for the papal visit, we will do this work of mercy of feeding of the poor as part of Pope Francis visit to Manila and Leyte,” Alvero said.

The project is named after Martha, a brother of Lazarus in the New Testament, who served a meal in honor of Jesus Christ. An initial P1 million budget was set aside from the archbishop’s fund to start the project, according to Alvero. The plan is to sustain feeding the poor project through donations from different organizations. (Dessa Mae Castro, LNU Intern)