Synod of Bishops

Synod of Bishops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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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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Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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

Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

Holy Sites to resound with fervent petition for the upcoming 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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Synod of Bishops

A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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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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Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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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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Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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

Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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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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Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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

Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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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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Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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

Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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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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Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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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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Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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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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Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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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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Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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

Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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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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Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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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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Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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

Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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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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Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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

Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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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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Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)

 

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A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

 

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

Several notable Marian national shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines will participate in the global day of prayer for the universal synod, as proclaimed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). This important event seeks the intercession and guidance of Our Lady for the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is currently underway.

The International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, is at the forefront of the national celebration. The CBCP has charged this venerated shrine with leading the day’s activities.

The celebrations at the Antipolo Cathedral will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a procession, followed by a catechetical discourse on synodality. Participants will then recite the rosary, culminating in a mass officiated over by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the CBCP, at 6:00 p.m.

The invitation for the day of Marian prayer came directly from Pope Francis, who asked the worldwide Church to unite in prayer to seek Our Lady’s protection for the ongoing synodal process. In accordance with the Pope’s request, the Secretariat of the Universal Synod suggested that the moment of prayer be conducted at a Marian shrine of national significance or at multiple Marian shrines chosen to be representative. Alternately, the prayer may be conducted at all Marian shrines within a specified territory.

The participation of prominent Marian shrines and minor basilicas in the Philippines demonstrates the Filipino people’s profound devotion to Mary. It reflects their intention to seek her guidance and intercession throughout the synodal process. The Secretariat of the Synod praised the Philippines for their unwavering faith and commitment to active participation in establishing a more synodal church.

The complete list of Philippine national shrines and minor basilicas that will participate in the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synodal Process on May 31 is as follows:

  • Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
  • Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, Agoo, La Union
  • Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City
  • Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quezon City
  • Minor Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Orani, Orani, Bataan
  • Minor Basilica of La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – Antipolo Cathedral
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela City
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine, Muntinlupa City
  • National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Parañaque City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu, Isabela
  • National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, Gapan City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles – Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores, Quezon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sta. Ana, Manila
  • National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Salambao, Obando, Bulacan

On May 31, these holy sites will resound with the fervent petitions of the Filipino faithful as they seek Our Lady’s intercession for the success of the synodal process. It demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to active participation in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and their rich spiritual heritage. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pope Francis encouraged the participants of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to walk together “humble, fervent and joyful” like Saint Francis of Assisi.

As he led the Eucharistic celebration to open the Synod on Synodality during the feast of the patron saint of poverty in peace, the Holy Father told the bishops and lay people present at St. Peter’s Square that while the Synod is a reminder that “ourMother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired””, Christians should take “weapons of Gospel” like what St. Francis did in challenges times.

“The Synod serves to remind us of this: our Mother the Church is always in need of purification, of being “repaired”, for we are a people made up of forgiven sinners – both elements: forgiven sinners –, always in need of returning to the source that is Jesus and putting ourselves back on the paths of the Spirit to reach everyone with his Gospel,” the Pope said.

“Francis of Assisi, in a time of great struggles and divisions, between temporal and religious powers, between the institutional Church and heretical currents, between Christians and other believers, did not criticize or lash out at anyone. He took up only the weapons of the Gospel: humility and unity, prayer and charity. Let us do the same: humility, unity, prayer and charity!” he added.

He also reiterated that the Synod is not a parliament but a walk together with “the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze” and with the Holy Spirit as a protagonist.

“The Synod, dear brothers and sisters, is not a parliament. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist. We are not here to form a parliament but to walk together with the gaze of Jesus, who blesses the Father and welcomes those who are weary and oppressed.  So let us start from the gaze of Jesus, which is a blessing and welcoming gaze,” the Holy Father stressed.

The Pope also pointed that the Synod is not a political gathering but a “convocation in the Spirit” and a “place of grace and communion”.

Approximately 450 delegates from all over the world are working together in the Synod from October 4 until October 29 with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as members of the Philippine church contingent. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Pope from Vatican Media)