Amid pandemic, celebrate 500 years of Christianity with good deeds — CBCP head

Amid pandemic, celebrate 500 years of Christianity with good deeds — CBCP head

CBCP president and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (on screen) addresses the bishops’ 121st plenary assembly on Jan. 26, 2021. CBCP NEWS

By CBCP News

January 26, 2021

Manila, Philippines

The best way to celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines amid the health crisis is “to make our faith shine in deeds of charity and mercy,” a top church official said Tuesday.

Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said the “gift of faith” must be shared with others.

“Anyone of us can take up this challenge – to serve the least and lowest of our brethren,” Valles said in his opening remarks for the bishops’ virtual plenary assembly.

While plans for the celebration have been changed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, he said the Church and the faithful “cannot take this precious gift for granted”.

“For if we do not, we may no longer be ‘gifted to give’,” Valles referring to the theme of the Great Jubilee.

“We might wake up one day, like other peoples have, no longer able to share this gift with others, for our hearts and souls have been hijacked by other beliefs, ephemeral if not empty,” he said.

Due to the pandemic, the bishops have earlier announced that the Great Jubilee will be extended for another year.

The original culmination of the celebration in April 2021 will now be the launch of a yearlong celebration that will end in April 2022.


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