Pope assures support for Filipino bishops

Pope assures support for Filipino bishops

Catholic bishops gather for their 118th plenary assembly at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, Jan. 26. ROY LAGARDE

By CBCP News

January 26, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Pope Francis assured his support for the Filipino bishops as they gathered Saturday to discuss matters that affect the Church and the country.

In a message to the bishops, the pope encouraged them to continue in their efforts “to shepherd in truth and love those entrusted to your pastoral care”.

He particularly lauded local initiatives “to advance the mission of the Church in the Philippines”.

The pope’s letter was relayed to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

More than 80 members of the CBCP are gathered at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center for their 118th plenary assembly.

The meeting was opened with a Mass presided over by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabrielle Caccia.

The pontiff also sent his blessings to the CBCP, wishing their meeting bear much fruit in the service of the faithful, helping them to grow in faith and charity.

The three-day meeting is presided by Archbishop Romulo Valles being the president of the bishops’ collegial body.

The plenary assembly meets in regular session twice a year— in January and in July. When they are not in session, the Permanent Council acts and in behalf of the conference.

The Permanent Council is composed of a president, vice president, an ten regional representatives— four for Luzon, two for Visayas, three for Mindanao.

During the three-day meeting, the bishops are also expected to discuss reports from various commissions of the CBCP.