Keep the spirit of charity alive, Dumaguete bishop tells faithful

Keep the spirit of charity alive, Dumaguete bishop tells faithful

Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUDALINE FLORES PARTLOW

By Ryan Sorote

January 5, 2022

Dumaguete City

A Catholic bishop in the central Philippine diocese of Dumaguete urged the faithful to continue the spirit of sharing amidst the pandemic and the devastation brought by the recent typhoon.

Bishop Julito Cortez asked the people to look out for one another especially those affected by Typhoon Odette that left 76 people dead and thousands homeless in Negros Oriental province alone.

“May we continue with that spirit of sharing with each other what we have so that, together, we shall rise above these calamitous and traumatic experiences,” Cortes said in his New Year’s message.

A day after the typhoon ripped through several provinces, he immediately joined the appeals for emergency aid to the affected communities.

In the midst of the prevailing challenges, the bishop told the faithful to “be not afraid” and welcome the year 2022 with “much hope”.

“Remember that we have God, and we have each other. With God, we can rise above many challenges. With each other, we can accomplish many things,” Cortes said.

He called on the faithful to “remain calm” despite the continuing challenge of the pandemic by following the necessary health protocols and by getting vaccinated against Covid-19.

The prelate also asked for more prayers “for one another, for our families, and for our community.”

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