Before we conclude the celebration of the Eucharist in which we honor the two great pillars of the Catholic Church, St. Peter and St. Paul, I prayed for our beloved Holy Father, Pope Francis, the successor of Peter, allow me to express my profound gratitude to all of you for coming here tonight. Thank you, dear brother bishops and priests for con-celebrating in this Mass.
Your Excellency Ambassadress Grace Princesa, the members of the Papal Family, the Apostolic Nunciature community, the religious sisters and brothers, the lay faithful from the different parishes, communities, ministries, organizations and movements in the Archdiocese of Manila and those who are joining the live streaming of this Mass, thank you very much.
To our dear Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, thank you for presiding this Mass. This Pope’s Day Mass is your first as the representative of the Pope to our country and my first as Archbishop of Manilla. Please assure the Holy Father of our filial obedience and love. Please convey to Pope Francis my sincerest gratitude for his trust and confidence in entrusting this archdiocese, with all its rich history and variety of gifts to my pastoral care. Please assure him that here in our local Church, we take his challenge seriously to become a listening Church where young people beyond their privilege and those who are neglected have a voice and are heard for we know that by listening we become effective heralds of God’s mercy. And please tell the Holy Father that we are always praying for him, our dear Lolo Kiko.
I take the opportunity also to congratulate my brother Bishop the Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo for his election as Apostolic Vicar of the Apostolic Vicariate of Palawan. And also the same congratulation goes to the Bishop-elect of Malaybalay, the Most Rev. Noel Pedregosa. Bishop Broderick, you deserve to be given such ministry after a job well done as Auxiliary Bishop and as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila. The long applause intended for you in this Cathedral last June 24 and even this evening was not only confirmation of everyone’s appreciation for your sacrifice and for managing with compassion and wisdom our Archdiocese for sixteen months but also an affirmation of your capability to lead and guide a diocese of an apostolic vicariate after the example of Jesus, our good shepherd.
With my best wishes, I assure you of my prayers for a fruitful ministry in the Church of Taytay. Muli, maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. (Photo by Rian Salamat/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery of Pope’s Day 2021)