Bishop Ambo David

Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective Read More »

Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus   Read More »

Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan …

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president Read More »

Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective Read More »

Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus   Read More »

Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force Read More »

Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan …

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective Read More »

Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus   Read More »

Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force Read More »

Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan …

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan …

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan …

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan …

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan …

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan …

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan …

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan …

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan …

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus   Read More »

Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan …

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus   Read More »

Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan …

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Bishop Ambo David

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advance some of the social concerns and issues of the Church,” he added.

The head of Filipino bishops’ conference also stressed that the intention of the Commission is to provide “moral-ethical approaches to dealing with the problem of insurgency.”

Bishop David ended the statement by assuring the faithful that the issue would be tackled and resolved in the forthcoming Permanent Council meeting.

“Can this Commission engage the said government body in a dialogue without having to join its Execom as member — i.e., as private sector representative? We hope to come up with some resolutions on this matter soon,” he emphasized.

The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs is currently headed by Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista as chairman and EDSA Shrine Rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano as executive secretary. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP clears role in gov’t’s anti-insurgency task force

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist …

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Bishop Ambo David

Reelected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his gratitude to the Filipino faithful for the success of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan last weekend, July 6 to 8.

Bishop David thanked everyone for the support and prayers for the meet as Philippine Church leaders convened to agreed on policies and decisions that would strengthen the faith of every Filipino Catholics.

“We consciously arrived at decisions and resolutions that are reflective of the CBCP’s steadfast aspiration for a more synodal Church, a Church that fosters a deeper communion with Christ and among our faithful, a Church that promotes greater participation in the life and mission of the Church,” he said.

Among the items discussed and approved by the recently concluded Plenary Assembly were the elevation of Quiapo Church as National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, the implementation of the Extended Alay Kapwa program, and the start of the cause for beatification of 13-year-old Niña Ruiz Abad.

The conference’s assembly also approved the creation of a new diocese in Agusan del Sur which Bishop David described as a strategic move seeking “to cultivate the spiritual growth of the faithful and improve administrative efficiency within the respective dioceses, once approved by Rome.”

First elected in 2021 during CBCP’s historic first online Plenary Assembly due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop of Kalookan was elected once more for a second and last term of 2 years.

Aside from Bishop David, majority of the 80 bishops present at the Plenary Assembly also reelected Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as vice president and Palo Archbishop John Du as treasurer. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

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Bishop Ambo David

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July 8.

Bishop David, 64, will serve another two years for his second and last term together with Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 60, who was also reelected as CBCP’s vice president.

Present in the election process were 80 active bishops who compose of the conference’s highest decision-making body.

According to the report released by CBCP News, the head of the Diocese of Kalookan “called on Catholics to stand for truth, amid what he called “pandemic of lies”, especially on social media,” and appealed for “a more serious action” against the climate crisis, and for church institutions “to be one in declaring a state of emergency”.

Bishop Ambo, as he is fondly known by the public, was first elected during the conference’s very first online plenary assembly in July 2021 due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

The CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, 3 diocesan administrators and 43 retired bishops who serve as honorary members.

Bishops David and Vergara will join Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and theologian Dr. Estela Padilla as delegates of the Philippine Church to the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome from October 4 to 29. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)

 

PH bishops’ conference reelects Bishop David as president

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reelected Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as president on the first day of its 126th Plenary Assembly in Kalibo, Aklan on Saturday, July …

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Bishop Ambo David

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two …

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Bishop Ambo David

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the one thing” among many other things.

In his homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Commitment Profession of Faith of PCF’s administrators and students on October, Bishop David emphasized to “seek first the kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides.”

“Jesus knows that we also need the ‘many other thing’ which we are often preoccupied by food, money, clothing, jobs, etc. He does not say “don’t go after those things.” I think Jesus is realistic. He also does not say “seek only the Kingdom of God”, rather he says “seek first.” Meaning, know your priorities. First things first. Order your priorities properly,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan stressed.

He also told the Filipino-based clergy that as they are away from their loved ones, they tend to become busy and forget more essential things and “the one thing that should be at the top of our priorities”.

He ended his homily with a comforting message for all Rome-based Filipino clergy and religious as they continue to grow in faith at the center of Roman Catholic Church.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together for this Eucharist to seek the one thing we need most: the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. The Bread of Life in the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. May we never be distracted by worries about many things in life by keeping our focus only on Jesus,” he said.

Bishop David is currently in Rome as one of the delegates of the Philippine church for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops together with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

“Seek the one thing”: CBCP leader reminds Rome-based Filipino priests to keep focus on Jesus  

As he celebrated the Eucharistic celebration for the community of Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David reminded them of “the …

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Bishop Ambo David

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had released a clarificatory statement following the government’s decision to allow the Catholic Church as a private sector representative in its anti-communist insurgency arm.

CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Friday, September 1, stated that only its Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs, serving as a private sector representative, and not the entire conference is engaged with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “precisely to address some Church issues vis-a-vis government, including the issue about the red tagging of some cause-oriented groups and Church organizations” by the latter.

“[T]he Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs… has the specific task of engaging government on many levels of dialogue over important issues. On the barangay level this Commission encourages our parishes, for instance, to engage barangay officials in a dialogue through the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan),” Bishop David wrote.

“It’s not exactly CBCP as a conference but the Episcopal Commission of Public Affairs that is there as a private sector representative. As such, this Commission has access to the NTF-ELCAC Execom (Executive Committee) and more opportunity to express the Church’s specific concerns, since its mandate is to act as a liaison of the CBCP to the public and private sectors and to advanc