In his Pastoral Message for the faithful, Apostolic Vicar of Taytay, Palawan Bishop Broderick Pabillo encourages families to have a Bible in their homes and read it together as a family.
“Hinihikayat ko kayong lahat na magkaroon ng Bibliya sa inyong pamilya. Ngunit ang Bibiliya ay may epekto sa ating buhay kung ito ay ating binabasa, inuunawa at isinasabuhay. Sana po sa mga pamilya natin binabasa ang Banal na Kasulatan at pinag-uusapan,” said Bishop Pabillo, a Bible scholar himself who trains future priests.
Bishop Pabillo emphasized that the Holy Bible is a book guided by the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is the power of God’s love, and the result of studying and reading the Bible is love and unity.
“Hindi natin ginagamit ang Bibliya upang tuligsain at kalabanin natin ang iba. Kaya ang totoong paggamit ng Bible ay nagdadala ng pagkakaisa ng mga Kristiyano, at ibig ni Jesus na magkaisa ang lahat ng kumikilala sa kanya bilang Panginoon,” he said.
As the May 2022 election approaches, Bishop Pabillo asked the faithful to allow the Word of God in guiding them in voting for the right candidate that will lead the Filipino people, especially since the country is still in the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Mga kapatid, nasa panahon tayo ng walang-katiyakan ngayong 2022. Nasa pandemya pa tayo at magkakaroon tayo ng ating halalan. Magpagabay tayo sa Salita ng Diyos upang maliwanagan ang ating landas. Sundin natin ang kanyang sinasabi at mapapatatag ang ating loob. Gagabayan niya tayo at ang ating bayan tungo sa kaganapan ng buhay,” Bishop Pabillo said.
In 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte under Proclamation No. 124 designated the month of January as National Bible Month while the last week of the month is National Bible Week.
On September 30, 2019, the Holy Father Pope Francis released his Apostolic Letter with the title Aperuit Illis” in commemoration of the 1600 anniversary of the death of St. Jerome, a Bible scholar. He designated the third Sunday in Ordinary Time as the “Sunday of the Word of God. (Jheng Prado | File Photo/RCAM-AOC)