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Tuesday, 29 September 2020 15:14

Schedule for the 500 Years of Christianity celebration adjusted

With the difficult situation that the Covid-19 pandemic has put the nation, the scheduled events for the celebration of the 500 Years of Christianity in 2021 has been adjusted and made to extend until 2022.

This was the decision that has been made by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP. The original schedule for the  culmination of the celebration, which was is April 2021, will now instead serve as the launching of the year-long celebration that will end in April 2022.

 In a report by CBCP news, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, acting president of CBCP, stated that the changing of the dates was necessary to lessen the health risks caused by the pandemic.

“Due to the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, it was necessary to change the schedule of our celebration of the 500 years of Christianity…So it is now going to be a whole year celebration until 2022,” said Bishop David.

The year-long celebration will begin on April 17, 2021, to commemorate the First Easter Sunday Mass in the Philippines at Limasawa Island in Southern Leyte. This celebration will be spearheaded by the Diocese of Maasin.

On April 14, 2021, the Church in the Philippines will also celebrate the First Baptism in the Philippines. This celebration will be spearheaded by the Archdiocese of Cebu

Meanwhile, the International Mission Congress (IMC) and the 2nd National Mission Congress (NMC) was also moved to April 2022.

Bishop David announced that the National Retreat for the Clergy which was set on August 4 to 6, 2021, has been also canceled. 

Instead of a retreat, the bishops’ Commission on the Clergy decided to organize conferences on the Church’s history in the Philippines along with the parish.

“Each (CBCP) Commission will also have adjustments of their plans due to the crisis that we are going through,” said the Bishop.

Christianity was brought to the Philippines in 1521 when the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, landed, heading a Spanish expedition in his bid to reach the East Indies, sailing west. The country has about 85 percent Christian but mostly Roman Catholic. (Fatima Llanza / RCAM-AOC)