Pope Francis gives message to Philippine Bishops

Archbishop Romulo Valles, CBCP President, listens to Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles John Brown from the conference room at his residence in Davao City during the start of their virtual plenary assembly on Jan. 26. | Photo Credit: CBCP NEWS

On the occasion of the 121st Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Plenary assembly, His Holiness Pope Francis sends his message of blessing and support to the Bishops of the Philippines.

In his message, Pope Francis said that he is hopeful that the plenary’s deliberations “will lead to more creative expressions of evangelical charity.”
This virtue, according to the Pope, will enable the Church in the Philippines to be “recognized as ‘home with open doors’, offering hope and strength to the suffering and to all who seek a more humane and dignified life.”
The message was delivered by the newly appointed Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown, during the first-ever online CBCP Plenary Assembly held on January 26-27, 2021. The online gathering was facilitated by CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles, who re-assumed the position after several months of rest.
The Bishops’ conference was convened online because of the limitations imposed by the ongoing health crisis in the country.
According to CBCP News, the bi-annual assembly which is usually held every January and July, was attended by more than 80 bishops.
CBCP News reported that the bishops will tackle the “reports from the nine regional representatives of the CBCP Permanent Council about their situation amid the pandemic, their responses and plans of action.” (Fatima Llanza and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

Archbishop Romulo Valles, CBCP President, listens to Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles John Brown from the conference room at his residence in Davao City during the start of their virtual plenary assembly on Jan. 26. | Photo Credit: CBCP NEWS

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