CBCP asks for prayers for upcoming Synod of Bishops

The official representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) are requesting prayers in preparation for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops, which will be held in October in Rome.

In a statement, Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, vice president of the CBCP, emphasized the significance of prayer for the accomplishment of this gathering of bishops, which will include Pope Francis. He emphasized the importance of a “prayer brigade” and urged the congregation to intercede for the success and fruitfulness of the Synod. 

“Very important ang prayer brigade, let us pray for the success or fruitfulness of the Synod,” Bishop Vergara told Radio Veritas.

In recognition of the rights and contributions of all members of the Church, priests, nuns, and lay people will have voting power in the synod’s proceedings in addition to their participation.

Bishop Vergara guaranteed that the results of the synodal consultations held in parishes around the globe would be carefully considered to improve the Church’s service to its flock. He also emphasized that there will be a great deal of listening during the various phases, such as the diocesan phase, the national phase, and the continental phase. 

“I anticipate that this will be discussed in a similar manner during these phases,” Bishop Vergara told Radio veritas.

Before the October Synod of Bishops convenes, participants will engage in a three-day retreat for reflection and discernment, seeking to comprehend God’s will for a Church on its journey through the world.

Not only Bishop Vergara, but also CBCP President Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, and Theologian Dr. Estela Padilla, the current executive secretary of the Office of Theological Concerns in the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences and a consultant for the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities, will participate in the upcoming Synod of Bishops.

The first portion of the Synod of Bishops is scheduled to conclude on October 29, 2023, with the second part to follow in October 2024. The CBCP and its representatives are hopeful that this Synod will be a defining moment in advancing the Church’s mission in the Philippines and around the globe. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Diocese of Pasig Website and Vatican News)



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