Bishop echoes Pope’s prayer for peace, hope

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BORONGAN City, Eastern Samar, Dec. 3, 2014–Echoing the Pope’s prayer intention for December, a bishop knocks on Heaven’s door that this month will usher in a climate of peace and hope for all in time for the Christmas festivities set to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez visits the convent of the Guiuan Parish Church in Eastern Samar that was destroyed during typhoon Yolanda.

Bishop Crispin B. Varquez of the Diocese of Borongan expects that the season will bring peace and hope to the Philippines, as well as the rest of the world, especially in places where violence and injustice prevail.

“We are to be united with the Holy Father in prayer that the whole world, particularly in areas of conflict like the Middle East, may achieve lasting peace,” he told Church-run Radyo Veritas in an interview.

Varquez called on the faithful to take on the pontiff’s challenge to pass on the future of the faith to the next generation in response to his plea that parents may be “true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith”.

“That is the work of everybody … Let’s heed the Holy Father’s appeal,” the bishop shared.

Varquez’s episcopal see, Borongan, is among those most severely hit by “Yolanda” (Haiyan) in 2013.

The prelate shared five survivors of the typhoon from his diocese will be given the chance to dine with Pope Francis during his forthcoming visit to Palo, Leyte in January 2015.

In his list of prayer intentions for 2014, the Pope tags Christmas as the “hope for humanity” wishing that “the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will”. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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