CBCP chief: Papal visit legacy boils down to 3 H’s

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MANILA, June 5, 2015—The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has noted that the legacy of the phenomenal visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines can be summed up in three H’s: humanity, humility, and humor.

Crowds wait for the Pope during his Mass with the religious and clergy at the Manila Cathedral on Jan. 16, 2015. (Photo: Rick Mupas)

“What is his legacy to us? The first is his humanity … The second is his humility. We love him because we love humble people. And the third is his humor. To be able to laugh at ourselves, not to take ourselves too seriously,” said CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas in a speech he gave Thursday, June 4, at the Arzobispado de Manila for the launch of a coffeetable book immortalizing the Argentine pontiff’s apostolic trip to the country.

‘Second best’ documentation

The Pangasinan prelate quipped that the work, important as it is, is only the “second best documentation” of the entire the papal visit held earlier this year, arguing that the best documentation is the almost 100 million Filipinos whose lives Pope Francis was able to touch.

‘[And] if we were to document all the faith stories, all the stories of love, all the stories of conversion that happened during the papal visit, not even all the books in the world will be able to contain all of these,” he explained.


Moreover, Villegas stressed that the book that was launched was only an attempt, aware of the impossibility of documenting in full the impact of Pope Francis on the Filipino people.

“As we go to the book this afternoon, let us focus our hearts on his message of humility, his humanity, and his humor,” he said.

“And please keep in mind, better than the book, you are the best documentation of the papal visit,” he added. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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