Daily Archives:November 7th, 2018

Pope ‘Good politics is at the service of peace’, theme for next World Day of Peace

The subject of the Pope Francis message to be on “political responsibility” which “belongs to every citizen, and in particular to those who have received the mandate to protect and govern”.

Vatican City – The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the message for the 52nd World Day of Peace celebrated on January 1, 2019 is “Good politics is at the service of peace”.

In today’s news, the Holy See Press Office also issued a comment stating that “Political responsibility belongs to every citizen, and in particular to those who have received the mandate to protect and govern. This mission consists in safeguarding the law and encouraging dialogue between the actors of society, between generations and between cultures. There is no peace without mutual trust. And trust has as a first condition respect for the word given,” the statement said, adding that the political commitment of citizens “is one of the highest expressions of charity,” and as such, it brings with it concern for “the future of life and of the planet, of the young and the weakest, in their thirst for fulfillment.”.

“When man is respected in his rights – as St. John XXIII recalled in his Encyclical Pacem in Terris (1963) – the sense of the duty to respect the rights of others is born within him. The rights and duties of man boost the awareness of belonging to the same community, with others and with God (cf. ibid., 45). We are therefore called to bring and announce peace as the good news of a future where every living being will be considered in his dignity and in his rights “. – AsiaNews, 6 Nov 2018

Pope appoints new archbishop in Cotabato in the Philippines

Bishop Angelito R. Lampon, the Vicar Apostolic of Jolo, is the new Archbishop of Cotabato.

Photo credit cbcpnews 

Pope Francis on Tuesday made an appointment in the Catholic Church in the southern Philippines.

He appointed Bishop Angelito R. Lampon, the Vicar Apostolic of Jolo, as the new Archbishop of Cotabato.  The 68-year old bishop takes over from Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo who has stepped down having reached the retirement age of 75 back in 2014.

Both the 79-year old cardinal and the new archbishop belong to the congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI).

Bishop Lampon was born in M’lang, Cotabato, on 1 March 1950.  After his novitiate with OMI in Tamontaka, Cotabato, he studied philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, and theology at the Loyola School of Theology, also in Quezon City.

Bishop Lampon was ordained an OMI priest on 26 March 1977.

As a priest he held the following responsibilities:

1977-1978: Assistant parish priest in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat and in the Cathedral of Cotabato

1979-1981: Staff member at Cotabato City Seminary

1981-1982: Studied at SIADI (South Asian Interdisciplinary Institute), Intramuros, Manila

1988-1992: Director of OMI postulants and scholastics

1992-1997: Counsellor general at the OMI generalate /headquarters in Rome, Italy

On his return to the Philippines, Bishop Lampon was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Jolo on 21 November 1997 and was consecrated bishop on 6 January 1998.

In the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Bishop Lampon was president of the Commission for Interreligious Dialogue from 2011 to 2017.  Currently, he is president of the Commission for Ecumenical Affairs. – Vatican News

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