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Pope Francis calls Philippine bishops to ‘evangelical charity’

Pope Francis calls Philippine bishops to ‘evangelical charity’

Archbishop Romulo Valles, CBCP President, listens to Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles John Brown from the conference room at his residence in Davao City during the start of their virtual plenary assembly on Jan. 26. CBCP NEWS

By CBCP News

January 26, 2021

Manila, Philippines

Pope Francis has called on Philippine bishops to continue their efforts in giving concrete witness to “evangelical charity” amid the prevailing coronavirus pandemic.

In his message for the bishops’ virtual plenary assembly, he expressed hope that their deliberations will lead to “more creative expressions” of pastoral charity.

In doing so, he said it would enable the Church in the Philippines “to be recognized as ‘a home with open doors’, offering hope and strength to the suffering and to all who seek a more humane and dignified life”.

The pope also assured his support and blessings to members of the CBCP as they discuss matters that affect the Church and the country.

His message was read to the assembly on Tuesday by Archbishop Charles John Brown, apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.

The bishops’ 121st plenary assembly is taking place in an online format from Jan. 26 to 27 because of the health crisis.

As of Tuesday, more than 80 bishops are gathered for the biannual meeting, which is usually held in January and July.

Among the items in the agenda are the reports from the nine regional representatives of the CBCP Permanent Council about their situation amid the pandemic, their responses and plans of action.

The bishops will also discuss updates on the plans for this year’s quincentennial celebration of the coming of Christianity to the Philippines.

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