OZAMIZ City, Dec. 1, 2016 – Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, called on the Catholic faithful to promote a “culture of mercy”, one that is conscious of the needs of others.
In his message at the installation of Archbishop Martin Sarmiento Jumoad as Metropolitan of Ozamiz, Pinto said despite Pope Francis’ closing of the jubilee door in St. Peter’s Basilica last week, the call to mercy lives on.
The “culture of mercy will open our eyes to the sufferings of our brothers and sisters,” said Pinto, adding that consciousness about other people’s suffering can come in more than a thousand different ways but all come from the same material which is mercy.
The prelate also underscored the Holy Father’s words, who said: “Even if the Holy Door closes, the true door of mercy, which is the heart of Christ, always remains wide open.”
He said St. Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus are both considered pastoral letters as it contained instructions about the role of shepherds of the Church. Pinto noted St. Paul’s particular encouragement to Timothy to have patience and gentleness in carrying out his mission.
Pinto also extended Pope Francis’ love and prayers for Jumoad, as he takes on his new mission as Metropolitan of the See of Ozamiz. He likewise expressed his and the Vatican’s gratitude to Archbishop Emeritus Jesus Armamento Dosado, CM, now 77-years old, for his 35 years of stewardship of Ozamiz as its third bishop and first archbishop.
The Apostolic Nuncio also thanked local officials present at the installation rites, led by Misamis Occidental Governor Herminia Ramiro and City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, Sr,. as well as the lay organizations present. (Melo M. Acuña / CBCPNews)