Archdiocese of Manila celebrates Pope’s Day

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo led the Archdiocese of Manila in a Mass celebrating the lives and teachings of the Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul.

The celebration called Pope’s Day was held at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral) last Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 6 p.m.


Delivering his homily in front of hundreds of faithful attending the Mass, Kaloocan Bishop Jose Pablo David puts emphasis on the role of the “Supreme Pontiff” to be both “Petrine” and “Pauline”.


“I find it significant that we celebrate the Pope’s Day on the double Feast day of Saints Peter and Paul. I take it to mean that the Supreme Pontiff, the bishop of Rome who presides in charity over the universal Church, is expected to be both Petrine (bearing the likeness of Peter) and Pauline (bearing the likeness Paul). The Pope has to be apostolic in both senses (Petrine and Pauline) if he is to be true to his ministry as “Pontifex Maximus”, meaning, the Greatest Bridge-Builder,” Bishop David said.


Bishop David further added that it is not the lone task of the Pope to build constant communion with the Lord but “of the whole Church”.


“I also think of bridge-building as a metaphor for facilitating communion of communities, which is essentially what being Church is about. It is a task not just of the Pope, but of the whole Church. We have to be both Petrine and Pauline as a Church, if we are to build and sustain communion in the one Lord Jesus Christ within the Church, on all levels: BEC level, parish level, vicariate level, diocesan level, national level, global level.”


In his speech before the Mass ended, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines expressed sincerest gratitude to all those who took part in the Pope’s Day Mass especially to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Manila Auxiliary Broderick Pabillo, Kaloocan Bishop Jose Pablo David, and Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Rector of Manila Cathedral.


The Eucharist Celebration was also attended by bishops from other dioceses, clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila, members of the diplomatic corps, papal awardees, religious men and women, seminarians and lay leaders.




After the Mass, the faithful were invited to view and kiss the relic of Saints Peter and Paul


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