By Christina Hermoso
The Diocese of Caloocan will hold a solidarity mass on Thursday, August 15, at 9 a.m., at the San Roque Cathedral for the bishops and priests being accused of sedition and cyber libel by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).
The faithful are invited to attend the mass as an expression of support for the clergymen. The mass coincides with the Feast of the Assumption, and the eve of the feast of the patron saint of the diocese, San Roque on August 16.
Meanwhile, Papal Nuncio Gabriele Caccia led the concelebrated novena mass in preparation for the feast of San Roque at the San Roque Cathedral over the weekend. He was assisted by Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Diocese of Caloocan vicar general Fr. Jerome Cruz.
David expressed his gratitude to Pope Francis, through Caccia, for the inspiration to set up mission stations in the diocese with the aim of strengthening the spiritual life of the faithful particularly in the poor areas in Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas.
“Because you represent the Holy Father Pope Francis, please tell him that he has given us so much inspiration here in the Diocese of Caloocan because his challenge to go out to the peripheries of society has been the main thrust of our pastoral priorities in the diocese. It is for that reason that we have been opening mission centers headed by different religious partners who are willing to live with the poorest of the poor in the slum communities of Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas,” David said.