Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the Archdiocese of Manila, on New Year’s Day called for Filipinos to “hold on to hope” as the world entered 2021.
He was referring to the advent of vaccines against Covid19 and expressed hope for one that is “transparent and equitable”, as well as for a “no-nonsense response to climate emergency” and “respect to human rights and human life for everyone.”
As he urged people to care more for the earth and human life, Pabillo emphasized the need for hope especially in light of the country’s—and the world’s—current situation.
He also encouraged the faithful to keep working for positive change: “We should come out of this global crisis with greater solidarity and fraternity among all peoples…shown in greater cooperation, rather than competition that leaves the vulnerable behind.”
He added: “The change that we all dream [of] will not come abruptly nor quickly. Let us all work for it. We continue to pray to ask for God’s help and mercy. We continue to follow the necessary health protocols to protect each other from infection from any strain of coronavirus.”
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