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Philippines: Bishops urge the faithful to value the Word of God

Laoag Bishop Renato Mayugba, Chairperson of the CBCP - Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate invited the faithful to make the Word of God a part of life.

He was speaking at celebration of National Bible Month in the country.

According to the Bishop, the Word of God in the Bible is the foundation for strong faith in the Lord and the guide for every believer in the fulfillment of life.

"May I, encourage everybody to make the Word of God a part of your life, a part of your homes; on this Sunday of the Word of God it is nice for everybody to highlight the importance of the Word of God in our lives, " Bishop Mayugba said in an interview with Radio Veritas 846.

The theme of this year's celebration is "The Word leads to the Way, the Truth, and the Life," which is based on a quote from Saint John and the Prophet Isaiah.

Bishop Mayugba emphasized that the Word of God is the way to the path of Jesus that the people should enjoy especially now that fake news and disinformation are rampant.

In a recent conference organized by The Ministry on Biblical Apostolate and the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, of the Archdiocese of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of the Catholic Bible Federation and Pro Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization in the Vatican encouraged every believer to make a habit of reading the bible.

It was in 1982 that former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. declared the National Bible Sunday on the last Sunday of November. It was moved to January by former President Corazon Aquino and, later, former President Rodrigo Duterte declared National Bible Month when he signed Proclamation No. 124. (Cindy Gorospe)


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