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Vatican appoints Thomasian as bishop of Baguio

The Vatican announced Pope Francis’ appointment of Thomasian Msgr. Victor Benedico as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Baguio Saturday, Oct 1.

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The Vatican announced Pope Francis’ appointment of Thomasian Msgr. Victor Benedico as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Baguio Saturday, Oct 1.

 

Prior to his appointment, the bishop-elect was posted in the Archdiocese of Capiz and served as the parish priest of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Roxas City.

 

I am looking forward to serving the people of Baguio and that we will be able to work hand in hand,” Benedico said.

 

Benedico added that his appointment came as a “big surprise” for the prelate who deemed himself unworthy but humbly accepted his new role.

 

“I would like to thank the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the trust and confidence he has given me to shepherd the people of Baguio, […] and to the faithful and the clergy of the Archdiocese of Capiz for a very fruitful [ministry] with their support,” Bendico said.

 

Bendico studied philosophy and theology at the University’s Central Seminary and holds a doctorate in sacred liturgy from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm, Rome.

 

Accompanied by Capiz Archbishop Jose Advincula, Bendico will visit Baguio City on Oct. 6 to meet Cenzon and discuss the dates and activities of his ordination and installation.

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‘Believe, suffer for the Church and Christ’ −Pabillo

Manila Auxiliary Archbishop Broderick Pabillo urged the faithful to strengthen their faith especially these times when the Church is often labeled as irrelevant and politically incorrect during mass for the feast of the 15 Thomasian Martyrs yesterday, Nov. 6 at the Santísimo Rosario Parish-UST.

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Manila Auxiliary Archbishop Broderick Pabillo urged the faithful to strengthen their faith especially these times when the Church is often labeled as irrelevant and politically incorrect.

 

Pabillo said that a lot of Christians are afraid to speak up most especially on pressing issues like the rampant extrajudicial killings in the country during mass for the feast of the 15 Thomasian Martyrs yesterday, Nov. 6 at the Santísimo Rosario Parish-UST.

 

“Before, people would encourage us to live the Christian values and those who live the Christian values are admired. But in the present times, if you live the Christian values, people would make fun of you and curse you,” Pabillo said.

 

Pabillo also asserted that a lot of people still believe that abortion, death penalty, and same-sex marriage are human rights.

 

“If we speak up that life is important, we are often bypassed by people. Yet, they are even trying to push that abortion is a human right,” Pabillo shared.

 

He emphasized the importance of accepting the fact that being a Christian will always have its small and big consequences and is reflected on how the 15 Thomasian martyrs offered their lives to God.

 

“We do not only have the privilege to believe, but we also have the privilege to suffer for the sake of Christ”

 

The 15 Thomasian Martyrs are students, professors, priests and administrators of the University who were killed in the religious persecutions in Japan, Vietnam in the 20th century, and during the Spanish Civil War. C. Bautista

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‘Devotion to Mary connected to devotion to God’ -Pabillo

Manila Auxiliary Archbishop Broderick Pabillo urged the faithful to ‘increase their faith’ by having a devotion to Mary despite the different challenges hurdling the country and their lives.

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Manila Auxiliary Archbishop Broderick Pabillo urged the faithful to ‘increase their faith’ by having a devotion to Mary despite the different challenges hurdling the country and their lives.

In his homily for the 77th solemn feast of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Santísimo Rosario Parish – UST held Sunday, October 6, Pabillo said that people should also do their part to “increase [their] faith by praying, especially by praying the Rosary.”

He emphasized that the praying of the Rosary is not just repetition of prayers but is also a symbol of perseverance and a way to reflect on the sufferings of Jesus.

“Ang Rosary ay paulit-ulit na dasal kasi tanda ‘yan ng ating pagtitiyaga sa patuloy na pagdarasal. Ngunit hindi lang ‘yan pagdarasal ng mga Hail Mary’s. Most especially [it] is our meditation together with Mary on the life of Jesus. […] We go through the life of Jesus,” he said.

He also encouraged the faithful to follow Mary’s example in accepting the Word of God that it may made flesh” in their lives.

“Mama Mary before she received the Word of God in her womb, she received the Word of God in her mind and in her heart. […] Kaya Mama Mary is the first disciple, the foremost disciple. Kaya nga devotion to Mama Mary is also connected to the devotion to the Word of God,” he added.

Remain faithful despite God’s silence

Pabillo also challenged the people to remain faithful amidst the challenges of life in spite of God’s silent response in their prayers.

“Sa mga kalagayang ito, palagay ko nagdarasal naman tayo sa Diyos. ‘Diyos nasaan ka ba? Bakit hindi ka tumutugon bakit tumatahimik ka sa kalagayan ng ating bayan, sa kalagayan ng ating mundo?’ At baka sa ating personal na buhay, may mga kahinaan din tayong pinagdaraanan,” said Pabillo.

“Kikilos ang Diyos. […] Itong pangitain ng kaligtasan ay darating. Matagal pero darating ‘yan. Kaya’t yung taong may pananampalataya, ang mga taong ang siyang mabubuhay. Pananampalataya na hindi magpapabaya ang Diyos,” he added.

He mentioned St. Teresa of Calcutta’s experience in her prayers as mentioned in her diaries where God seems to be silent in her daily prayers.

“Nagdarasal siya like she was like praying in front of a wall. Walang tugon ang Diyos. But in spite of that feeling of the absence of God, she was faithful. […] Hindi nawala ang kanyang faith,” Pabillo said.

For him, our response in the challenges that we face should be our steadfast faith in God.

“Ang ating tugon sa mga kahirapan na dinaraanan natin ay ang pananalig, pananalig na ang Diyos ay kikilos. Kung tayo ay nagdarasal ‘Lord increase our faith,’ then let us do something also to increase our faith,” he said.

Pabillo also underscored the need to be faithful in the responsibilities given to us by God as a way to increase faith and “to take the share in the suffering of our Lord.”

“Maging tapat ka sa tungkulin na ibinigay sa’yo ng Diyos. Ito ay isang paraan to increase our faith. Lahat tayo ay may tungkulin na pinagkaloob ng Diyos. […] Take your share in the suffering of the Gospel. Makiisa kayo sa kanyang paghihirap,” he added.

The feast of the Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario de UST is held every first Sunday of October. Moreover, the fiesta celebration for the Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario de La Naval in Sto. Domingo Church, Quezon City is held every second Sunday of October which will be on October 13.

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Tagle tells youth: ‘Examine ways, save creation’

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called on everyone especially the youth to “examine [their] ways” in his homily during the enthronement of Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario, Thursday, September 26. 

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called on everyone especially the youth to “examine [their] ways” in his homily during the enthronement of Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario, Thursday, September 26. 

In the mass at the UST Chapel, Cardinal Tagle emphasized the need to consider and examine ways in order to establish love in every creation. 

“Consider your ways. Examine your ways. How eager are we to construct not only a physical house but what Pope Paul VI said ‘the civilization of love,’” Tagle expressed. 

He further added: “Do we feel a sense of urgency to build up homes for young people? […] To start acting? To save what is left of creation?”

The cardinal also encouraged the youth to follow Mary in “letting God build us as homes of Jesus.”

“Sana katulad ni Maria ang kabataan natin simulan sa sarili na hayaan ng Diyos na itayo tayo bilang tahanan ni Hesus,” he said. 

The enthronement rites of the image of the Our Lady marks the start of the novena masses in honor of Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario and in preparation for the 77th fiesta anniversary of Santísimo Rosario Parish – UST on October 6. 

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