Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided the Misa Mayor of Sts. Peter and Paul and Parish, Poblacion, Makati City last June 29, 2023.
In his homily, Cardinal Advincula emphasized the three elements which trace the movements of Pope Francis towards Synodality. One of these elements is the movement of vocation that partakes in the call of the Church to be one with the needy.
“Each one of us is invited to take on the way of synodality with Pope Francis. And synodality as an instrument of the new evangelization proposes conversion as the key to church life,” he said.
The Cardinal stated that while vocation enables every faithful to move forward, the virtues and attitudes of each journey which is needed by the Church today towards Synodality requires “openness and docility, humility and prudence.”
“Vocation is ever dynamic and forward looking. While not disowning the past, it lives the present with hope towards the future. For hope is the virtue of pilgrims,” he said.
Taking by example the RCAM Traslacion Roadmap as part of a “commitment and discernment” in the Archdiocese of Manila, Cardinal Advincula is hopeful that the Cross can be the faithful’s guide in the synodal journey.
“The cross is part of our journey. Our traslacion has the Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno as its symbol. The suffering Christ is part of our being Filipino — our identity and mission,” he added.
Cardinal Advincula, together with Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles John Brown, presided over the Pope’s Day Mass at the Manila Cathedral. They opened “The Popes in the Philippines” exhibit which features the memorabilia from the Papal Visits of Pope Paul VI, Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Francis. According to the Manila Cathedral Facebook page, the exhibit was extended until July 9, 2023. (Hazel Boquiren | Photo by Mariar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)