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'Churches were the closest place street children could see God - and see their dreams'

01 February 2016 | by Catholic News Service

 
Maria Georgia "Maggie" Cogtas of Cebu told of a childhood without playing, only tough work as a rubbish picker at dumpsites, construction sites and on the streets. Cogtas, 21, also told more than 12,000 people at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress about the massive celebration two weeks ago commemorating the child Jesus, who has been venerated in Cebu for hundreds of years. "On our peripheries were children scavenging, begging, busy selling cold water, food and candles in the perimeters of our churches," said Cogtas. "As we happily celebrated the child Jesus, other children needed our attention. What have we done for them? Or are they also receiving the pathetic and emotionless look I got from people back when I was a street child?" Cogtas said before she became an active




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