Jan 242015
To make sure the faithful remember Pope Francis’ messages during his visit to the Philippines, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines is eyeing distributing reading materials containing such messages.

CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said such materials will be distributed to parishes, schools and communities.

“The Holy Father spoke to us with his heart, in his beloved language. In the following days we will collate all these words in very readable form and send them out to all parishes, schools and communities, where, led by their pastors, the faithful can reflect on them as a community or with their families and friends,” he said.

He said the reading materials could contain what it means to “cry”; to be open to surprises; to love; to dream; to have no words to say; to be silent.

But he also said the CBCP will encourage the faithful to come up with “actions” based on their reflection.

“Pope Francis was very emphatic, he would often say, to priests at the Cathedral, and to the people in other events, ‘act!’ “Acts’ are important he said,” Villegas said.

Meanwhile, Villegas urged Filipinos to pray for the pope, who during his visit had asked the people to “Pray for me.”

“We all promised to pray for him, but in the days and weeks ahead we will pray as the Church of the Philippines, through this prayer for Pope Francis, that we will request to be prayed in all Masses in all parishes, shrines, chaplaincies, communities and schools,” he said.

He said individuals can pray them by themselves as their own fulfillment of their promise of prayer for Pope Francis. Joel Locsin/LBG, GMA News

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