By Christina Hermoso
A Catholic Church leader said the celebration of the 500th year of Christianity in the country is “a celebration of faith and thanksgiving.”
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on the Laity, said the event which will be observed in 2021, “is a reminder of how Filipinos embraced the Catholic faith.
It is not a reminder of how we were colonized but of how Filipinos embraced Catholicism,” Pabillo said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
“Colonization and the arrival of Christianity in the country are two different things,” he said. “Filipinos are very much aware of this. It has been more than a century since the Philippines regained her freedom while millions of Filipinos continue to embrace the Catholic faith until now,” Pabillo stressed.
The prelate urged the faithful to continue to pray and to thank the Lord for the gift of faith.
“Let us pray more as we journey on towards the celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the country. The celebration is geared towards thanking the Lord in appreciation for the gift of faith. Let us express our appreciation for being Christians and for being Catholics,” Pabillo said.
The bishop challenged the faithful to strengthen their faith more by being one with the mission of Christ to spread the Good News to others.
The local Church began its preparing for the 500th year celebration of the arrival of Christianity in the country in 2021 in 2013 with a nine-year spiritual journey. This year is observed as the Year of the Youth.