Bishops to tackle Marawi crisis in plenary assembly

Bishops to tackle Marawi crisis in plenary assembly

The situation in southern Philippines particularly the ongoing crisis in Marawi will take the center stage in the Catholic bishops’ plenary assembly in Manila over the weekend.

Expected to lead the ball rolling are Bishops Edwin de la Peña of Marawi and Elenito Galido of Iligan and some lay people from Mindanao which is currently under martial law.

“It’s more knowing the situation,” said Fr. Marvin Mejia, Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

“We’ve heard a lot from the government and the media but this time it’ll be from the bishops themselves and hopefully other bishops in Mindanao who have refugees,” he said.

The bishops are also expected to talk about the role of young people in the Church in light of the upcoming Synod on the Youth at the Vatican in October next year.

The goal will be to gauge the present state of youth culture with respect to the Catholic faith in the country.

To prepare for it, the bishops have invited a certain group to discuss their study on the Filipino youth culture.

Mejia said there will also be discussion on the “new formation program for priests” in preparation for the local Church’s observance of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons in 2018.

Mejia said other current issues may come up during discussions but refused to give more details so as not to preempt the bishops.

The bishops will start their 115th plenary assembly at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center on Saturday with a Mass to be presided over by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President.

The CBCP will also elect new officers and heads of its various commissions. CBCPNews