3 Bataan priests get ‘missionaries of mercy’ mandate from pope

3 Bataan priests get ‘missionaries of mercy’ mandate from pope

Pope Francos has appointed (from left) Fr. Jhoen Buenaventura, Fr. Joseph Quicho and Fr. Jesus Navoa as new missionaries of mercy.

By CBCP News

July 7, 2020

Balanga City, Bataan

Three more Filipino Catholic priests have been added to the Church’s roster of “missionaries of mercy”.

The new missionaries appointed by Pope Francis are Fr. Jhoen Buenaventura, Fr. Joseph Quicho and Fr. Jesus Navoa, all from the Balanga diocese.

The work of the missionaries was placed under the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, from which they receive instruction and communication.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of PCPNE, expressed hope that the ministry of the priests “will bear lasting fruits” in the diocese.

The Balanga prelate described the appointment of his priests as “grace from God” and a “gift” of the pope to the diocese and to the Philippine Church in general.

“We are very grateful and this is for the good of all. With our words and works we must speak and show God’s mercy,” said Bishop Santos, who is also the Divine Mercy Episcopal Coordinator for Asia.

In 2016 during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis selected more than 1,000 priests from every continent to be his special ambassadors of mercy throughout the world.

He also granted them the faculties to absolve certain sins usually reserved to the Holy See.

After the pope extended the mandate for the missionaries, many dioceses have some of their priests nominated to spread the works of mercy further.

The missionaries are tasked to preach, lead spiritual retreats, and hear confessions in their respective dioceses and may be invited by bishops to other dioceses as well.