Unity amidst diversity possible in Love, says Bishop Pabillo

Taytay Apostolic Vicar Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the faithful to set aside differences for love during his Homily on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity last June 12.

In his message, Bishop Pabillo stressed that the key to unity is God’s love, especially after the national election in the country that has caused divisions and conflicts among Filipinos.

“Ang pairalin natin ay hindi ang ating pagkakaiba, kundi ang ating pag-iibigan. Malalampasan ng ating pag-ibig na walang iba kundi ang pag-ibig ng Diyos, kahit anuman ang ating pagkakaiba,” he said in a statement released on June 11 over Radio Veritas.

Despite disagreements brought about by the recent elections, the former Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila explained that our bond as one community of God must prevail over conflicts and division.

“Ang pagkakaisa sa pag-ibig ay hindi nagbabalewala sa ating pagkakaiba. Hindi nawala ang ating individualities. Nandiyan pa rin ang pagkakaiba natin at ang mga ito ay hindi naghihiwalay sa atin, bagkus nagpapatingkad pa sa ating pagkakaisa,” Bishop Pabillo added.

During the campaign period for the May 9, 2022 elections, the people supporting their preferred presidential and vice-presidential candidates have caused division among Filipinos, especially on various social media platforms. Friends, families, relatives and even colleagues have canceled each other because of differences in political views.

After the election, when former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. won the presidency, many of his opponents’ supporters decided to let go and move on for the country’s sake.

Last June 10, 2022, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop John Brown had a courtesy call with the new Philippine President along with five other representatives from other countries.

According to the Nuncio, President-elect Marcos expressed his willingness to work hand in hand with the church.

“We had a very productive, encouraging and positive discussion and the president-elect assured me of his desire to collaborate, cooperate closely with the church and Holy See,” Archbishop Brown told Radio Veritas. (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM-Binondo Church and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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