Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will host a despedida for Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as he formally assumes his new role as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in Vatican City.
Prior his leave for his new posting, Cardinal Tagle is set to lead the opening Mass for CBCP members, who will gather for their 120th plenary assembly at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Paco, Manila from 25 to 27 January.
Fr. Marvin Mejia, CBCP Secretary General, said the farewell gathering will be held on Sunday.
“It’s a simple despedida for Cardinal Tagle. The place is still being finalized for the dinner,” Mejia said.
First on the agenda of the biannual CBCP gathering will be the oathtaking of the new officers of the CBCP Permanent Council, in which Archbishop Romulo Valles and Kalookan Bishop Pablo David are serving their second terms as president and vice president of the conference, respectively.
Further, issues related to Kaliwa Dam, suicide cases and the mission in mainland China will also be among the specific topics to be discussed by the bishops during the plenary.
As the Catholic Church anticipates the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021, ongoing preparations for the celebration will also be tackled.
In addition, the bishops will also be voting on the elevation of some churches to a minor basilica or national shrine status.