Papal Nuncio cites Filipinos’ strong faith, worshipers mark second Sunday of Lent – Manila Bulletin
The papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles John Brown, cited the strong faith of Filipinos that dates back hundreds of years.
During the recent celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Diocese of Malolos in Bulacan which was held at the parish Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Minor Basilica, the Papal envoy expressed his admiration for the richness of the faith of the people Filipino.
“I am extremely impressed by the richness of the faith of the people of the Diocese of Malolos today in this beautiful cathedral which dates back several hundred years. The creation of the Diocese of Malolos in 1961-1962 gives us 60 years of Catholic history here, but as you all know the Catholic faith has been here for many centuries and has become inherent in the culture of the people of Malolos. You see this in the great devotion of the faithful especially to Our Lady under the title of the Immaculate Conception and her beautiful statue in the cathedral. I encourage people to come see and pray to Our Lady here in the cathedral to ask for her intercession. It is a place of great faith and great tradition,” Bishop Brown said on Radyo Veritas.
The Church leader cited the strong devotion of Filipinos and devotees of Malolos Diocese to the Blessed Mother which has become deeply rooted in their culture and way of life.
The diocese of Malolos was created by the papal bull “Christi Fidelium” issued in 1961 by the then pope who became Saint John XXIII. On March 11, 1962, its first Bishop Malolos, Bishop Manuel Platon Del Rosario, was appointed.
Meanwhile, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the second Sunday of Lent today, March 13.
Church leaders continue to encourage the faithful “to examine their conscience, to repent of all sin and to observe the Sacrament of Penance” as the observance of Holy Week approaches.
With the easing of restrictions and the lowering of the alert level, the confessional will be open longer to allow more worshipers to confess. Catholics are also reminded to observe the three principles of the observance of the season of Lent: almsgiving, prayer and fasting as forms of sacrifice and in accordance with Pope Francis’ call for Christians to observe “the mercy and compassion” towards others.
Filipino devotees are also encouraged to support the Church’s Lenten feeding program, Fast2Feed or donate any amount saved from fasting to the Church’s charity program for malnourished children.
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