Filipino Catholic bishops from across the country will gather in at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila from January 28 to 30 for their 125th plenary assembly.
This would be the second time that members of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) would meet in-person since the pandemic in early 2020.
The CBCP is currently composed of 88 active bishops, two diocesan priest-administrators, and 38 honorary members who are retired bishops.
Msgr. Bernardo Pantin, CBCP Secretary General, said the meeting involves discussions on a broad range of topics affecting the faithful in the country.
Other topics are: (1) the updated Ratio Nationalis, a program for the formation of candidates for the priesthood (2) the Praedicate Evangelium and its implication to the local conferences (3) and the proposal for a Permanent Diaconate in the Philippines.
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan and current CBCP President will preside over the meeting and will be assisted by the vice president, Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig.
Decisions taken by the plenary assembly represent the highest instance of authority within the CBCP, which meets in regular sessions twice a year in January and in July.
Msgr. Pantin also said the plenary assembly is preceded by a three-day bishops’ seminar on the episcopal conference and its commissions and offices.
“The seminar is being held so that there will be a common idea about the nature and functions of the episcopal conference, among the new and old bishops,” he said.
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