POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGE TO BISHOPS AT THEIR 112TH PLENARY ASSEMBLY

MANILA — Pope Francis urged Filipino bishops to find “new ways” to share to the people the “wonder” of God’s mercy.

In a letter to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the Holy Father has emphasized the need for the Church to spread God’s “enduring love” for everyone.

According to an article posted on the CBCP news website, the letter was read by Papal nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto at the opening of the bishops’ 112th plenary assembly at the Oakridge Horizons in Cebu City last Friday.

The pontiff is hoping that the Jubilee Year of Mercy will 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 Pope’s message was relayed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican’s Secretary of State, to the CBCP.

Some 98 cardinals and bishops are currently in attendance on the meeting which will end on Sunday, Jan. 24. They are expected to tackle Church and national issues, including the May 9 general elections.

The meeting was preceded by a Mass presided over by Archbishop Pinto at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

The plenary assembly is the CBCP’s highest decision-making body which meets in regular session twice a year—in January and July. It has 131-member bishops, including 37 who are retired. Ferdinand G. Patinio/PNA/northboundasia.coms