Bishop Pabillo vows to continue work for justice, human rights in Palawan

Bishop Pabillo vows to continue work for justice, human rights in Palawan

Bishop Broderick Pabillo holds his crosier while seated in the cathedra, or bishop’s chair, during his installation Mass at the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral in Taytay, Palawan August 19, 2021. AVPP UGNAYAN

By CBCP News

August 19, 2021

Manila, Philippines

Bishop Broderick Pabillo on Thursday vowed to work for justice and serve his flock in his first homily as head of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay.

The bishop assured that he will devote time and efforts to work with the laity and reach out to the “peripheries of society”.

“I am for you now. I will devote myself to serve you all. I will not refrain from speaking and doing things to save you from harm and deception,” Pabillo said.

Addressing government leaders, the prelate whose motto is “faith through love,” pledged to collaborate with the government for the good of the people.

But commitment for common good, according to him, also means speaking out on issues that impact the people and trying to make change.

“My only goal is to enlighten people to the truth, promote justice, preserve the environment that is God’s gift for all and not just the few, and uphold the right of every person,” he said.

True to his episcopal motto, he said that faith is nothing “if we do not help the needy, ignore the exploited, or let the ordinary people be deceived and misled”.

Pabillo took his place as the second vicar apostolic of Taytay at the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral in the northern Palawan town of Taytay.

The 66-year old assumed his new role in a ceremony led by Bishop Socrates Mesiona of Puerto Princesa and Bishop Edgardo Juanich, his predecessor.

The congregation in the church included a limited number of laypeople and civil leaders invited within the province.

Dozens of priests from the apostolic vicariates of Taytay and Puerto Princesa took part in the service.

Pope Francis on June 29 appointed Pabillo to Taytay after 15 years of serving as auxiliary bishop of Manila.

Thursday also marked Pabillo’s 15th episcopal anniversary. (With reports from Mariel Celine L. Serquiña)

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