CBCP Statements

  • CBCP Pastoral Exhortation for the Jubilee of Mercy And the Year of the Family and the Eucharist

    Let us kneel before the Lord who made us. (Psalm 95:6)

    THE Year 2016 will be a year of many blessings for us in the Philippines. It will also be a year of mission for the Kingdom.

    From December 8, 2015 until November 20, 2016, the Church all over the world will observe an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy as decreed by Pope Francis in the papal bull Misericordiae Vultus. We stand in faithful communion with the Holy Father as he prays that “the Church echo the word of God that resounds strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid, and love. May she never tire of extending mercy, and be ever patient in offering compassion and comfort.

    In the Philippines, we shall open today November 29, 2015, the First Sunday of Advent, the Year of the Eucharist and the Family, as part of our nine year preparation for the Jubilee of 2021, the five hundredth anniversary of the first Mass and first baptism in the Philippines. We also eagerly await the celebration of the Fifty First International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu come January 2016. Read more