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Filipino bishops and government sign agreement to support foreign missionaries

Church leaders and the Government Immigration Bureau renew an agreement to assist foreign missionaries in the country, 2 July 2018, after 21 years.

MANILA – After 21 years, the Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and the Government Immigration Bureau (Bi) renewed an agreement to assist foreign missionaries in the country.

In a ceremony held in Manila on 2 July 2018, Bishop Antonio Javellana Ledesma, archbishop of Cagayan de Oro and head of the Commission for Mutual Relations (ECMR) of the CBC, signed the agreement with the Commissioner for Immigration Tobias Javier , Msgr Romulo Valles, Archbishop of Davao and president of the CBCP, and his deputy Msgr Pablo Virgilio David, bishop of Kalookan.

The government confirmed that the missionaries contributed “immensely to the moral and human development of the citizens; in particular the poor, the young, the disabled and the less privileged of society. ” The signature is a recognition of the dedication of those who have dedicated life and resources following their own vocation, for the moral and spiritual development of many Filipino communities.

The agreement comes after several missionaries expressed concerns about various issues related to issuing and extending their visas. They create “some difficulties in the pursuit of the mission.”  The ECMR manages the Visa Desk of the CBC, set up to maintain official relations with the Bi and to assist and support foreign priests, religious men and women in their visa application.

The first agreement between the bishops and the Philippine authorities was signed by the commissioner of Bi Edgar Mendonza and by Msgr Carlito Cenzon on 10 November 1997. – Asia News

180 Malaysian delegates attend 4th WACOM Manila

Father Nicholas Stephen (2nd from R) poses with some of the Malaysian delegates, WACOM-4 Manila, 16-20 Jan 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – Among the 753 foreign delegates attending the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM) on 16-20 Jan 2017 in Manila Philippines were 180 Malaysians.

Among the Malaysian delegates were Father Nicholas Stephen of Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese and Father Stanley Matakim of Sandakan Diocese.

The congress themed Communion in Mercy, Mission for Mercy attracted over 4,000 local and foreign devotees including 300 priests, 40 arch/bishops and two cardinals.

The participants assembled Jan 16 at the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral.  They were joined by church dignitaries headed by Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto, papal nuncio;  Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen and president of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines; Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa; Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga and WACOM-Asia Episcopal Coordinator; Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos and WACOM National Episcopal Coordinator; Rev Patrice Chocholski, WACOM Secretary General; and Rev Prospero Tenorio, WACOM-Asia Secretary General.

The enthronement of the images of the Divine Mercy, Our Lady of Mercy, Saints Faustina, John Paul II, Padre Pio and Mother Teresa with morning prayers at the Royal and Pontifical University of Sto Tomas in Manila took place Jan 17.

On Jan 18, the participants went to the National Shrine and Parish of Padre Pio in Sto Tomas, Batangas.

They visited the designated 15 “Places of Mercy” in Bulacan province on Jan 19 like the Ephesus House Guiguinto, Nazareth Home for Street Children Bustos, Emmaus House of Apostolate Malolos City, Bethlehem House of Bread Baliwag, Bahay Kalinga Sta Maria, Hospicio San Juan de Dios for Men Bocaue and Galilee Home Dona Remedios Trinidad.

The pilgrimage culminated on Jan 20 at the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Balanga, Bataan.

WACOM was introduced by the Vatican on 2-6 April 2008 in Rome Italy.

The first WACOM coincided with the third death anniversary of St John Paul II.  Since then mercy congresses have been organised on a regular basis:  each world congress is followed by a continental congress, and each continental congress by a national congress. – interaksyon.com



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