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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila declared Important Cultural Property

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on …

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

Bishop Rapadas is new head of Church’s BEC body

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

CBCP asks for prayers for upcoming Synod of Bishops

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila declared Important Cultural Property

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on …

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

Bishop Rapadas is new head of Church’s BEC body

Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian. According …

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

Manila echoes CBCP’s view on the possibility of blessing of couples ‘in irregular situations’

The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

CBCP asks for prayers for upcoming Synod of Bishops

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

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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CBCP

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on …

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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CBCP

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila declared Important Cultural Property

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CBCP

Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

Bishop Rapadas is new head of Church’s BEC body

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

Manila echoes CBCP’s view on the possibility of blessing of couples ‘in irregular situations’

The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

CBCP asks for prayers for upcoming Synod of Bishops

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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CBCP

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila declared Important Cultural Property

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on …

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CBCP

Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

Manila echoes CBCP’s view on the possibility of blessing of couples ‘in irregular situations’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

Manila echoes CBCP’s view on the possibility of blessing of couples ‘in irregular situations’

The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

CBCP asks for prayers for upcoming Synod of Bishops

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila declared Important Cultural Property

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on …

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

Bishop Rapadas is new head of Church’s BEC body

Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian. According …

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

Manila echoes CBCP’s view on the possibility of blessing of couples ‘in irregular situations’

The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

Manila echoes CBCP’s view on the possibility of blessing of couples ‘in irregular situations’

The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

CBCP asks for prayers for upcoming Synod of Bishops

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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CBCP

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

Manila echoes CBCP’s view on the possibility of blessing of couples ‘in irregular situations’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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CBCP

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila declared Important Cultural Property

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on …

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

Bishop Rapadas is new head of Church’s BEC body

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

Manila echoes CBCP’s view on the possibility of blessing of couples ‘in irregular situations’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

CBCP asks for prayers for upcoming Synod of Bishops

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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CBCP

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila declared Important Cultural Property

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on …

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CBCP

Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

Bishop Rapadas is new head of Church’s BEC body

Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian. According …

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

Manila echoes CBCP’s view on the possibility of blessing of couples ‘in irregular situations’

The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

CBCP asks for prayers for upcoming Synod of Bishops

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

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CBCP

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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CBCP

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila declared Important Cultural Property

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on …

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CBCP

Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

Bishop Rapadas is new head of Church’s BEC body

Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian. According …

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

Manila echoes CBCP’s view on the possibility of blessing of couples ‘in irregular situations’

The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

CBCP asks for prayers for upcoming Synod of Bishops

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

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila declared Important Cultural Property

The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on …

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

Bishop Rapadas is new head of Church’s BEC body

Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian. According …

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

Manila echoes CBCP’s view on the possibility of blessing of couples ‘in irregular situations’

The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

CBCP asks for prayers for upcoming Synod of Bishops

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

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The Archdiocese of Manila echoed the stance of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on “Fiducia Supplicans”, a document etelaborating the pastoral meaning of blessings with emphasis on couples “in irregular situations” and of couples of the same sex.

A circular signed by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula dated December 20 was released to help disseminate Bishop David’s statement entitled “On The Possibility of Blessings for Couples in Irregular Situations and for Couples of the Same Sex” highlighting five points from Fiducia Supplicans which he stated as a document that “speaks for itself and therefore does not require much explanation”.

Bishop David cited paragraphs 13, 25, 31, 38 and 39 in the document which mostly emphasized onextending the Church’s pastoral charity to couples in irregular situations or of the same sex as a response to the Holy Father’s proposal of developing broader understanding of blessings without causing confusion to the Sacrament of Marriage.

He also stressed the document’s clause stating that “one should neither provide nor promote a ritual for the blessings of couples in an irregular situation [and at] the same time, one should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing.”

Fiducia Supplicans was issued on December 18 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Holy Father to explore the ritual and liturgical understanding of blessings to avoid such elements that may resemble a marriage rite.

The Dicastery’s prefect, Victor Manuel Cardinal Fernandez made clear in the declaration’s introduction that “one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.

The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns. 

The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability. 

 “Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.

Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.

As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.

Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.

“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.

An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)

 

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Bishop Jose Rapadas of Iligan was elected as the new chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), succeeding the late Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian.

According to CBCP News, this appointment marks a significant step for the 51-year-old Bishop Rapadas, one of the youngest bishops in the Philippine Church, who has been serving the Iligan diocese since 2019. The Episcopal Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities and objectives of BECs across the country, aligning them with the CBCP’s mission of “integral evangelization” and fostering synodality at various levels of the local Church. The BECs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019, have been instrumental in the grassroots evangelization efforts in the Philippines.

The CBCP in 2021 upgraded its BEC body from a “committee” to a “commission,” reflecting the growing importance of these communities in the Church’s structure.

Additionally, the bishops elected Archbishop Julius Tonel of Zamboanga as chairman of the CBCP Committee on Bishops’ Concern. This committee is dedicated to addressing the personal needs and concerns of bishops, ensuring their welfare and effective ministry.

These elections occurred during a seminar in preparation for the CBCP’s plenary assembly, scheduled from January 27 to 29 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. The assembly is set to inaugurate the newly elected members of the bishops’ Permanent Council and heads of various CBCP commissions, committees, and offices. They will serve their terms from December 2023 to November 2025, beginning with a swearing-in ceremony at the opening Mass on Saturday.

These leadership changes come at a crucial time for the Philippine Church, as it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving spiritual and social needs of its faithful. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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