Pope Francis has called on Filipino bishops to seek “new ways” to proclaim the “wonder” of God’s mercy for the all the people. In a letter to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the Pope emphasized the need for the Church to spread God’s “enduring love” for everyone, and prayed that the current Jubilee Year of Mercy may truly be a time “to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become more effective sign of Father’s action in our lives.”
The letter sent on behalf of the Pope by Vatican Secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, was read on Friday by Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto at the opening of the plenary assembly of the CBCP, in Cebu City. Around 98 cardinals and bishops are currently attending the plenary which ends on Sunday. The bishops are expected to tackle the many concerns of the Church, including the May 9 general elections.
The CBCP has 131-member bishops, including 37 who are retired. The plenary assembly is the CBCP’s highest decision-making body which meets in regular session twice a year—in January and July. (Source: CBCP)