Thousands expected at ‘Year of the Poor’ closing

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MANILA, Nov. 10, 2015 – Nearly 2,000 Catholic lay faithful from various Basic Ecclesial Communities across the country will gather from Nov. 11 to 14 at the San Fernando de Dilao Parish and Paco Catholic School for the official celebration of the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II and the culminating activity for the “Year of the Poor.”

The milestone, which will also serve as the 3rd CBCP-BEC Assembly, will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Manila and its suffragan dioceses within the National Capital Region which include Kalookan Novaliches, Pasig, Cubao, Paranaque, Malolos, Antipolo, and Imus.

In a statement, BEC executive secretary Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, said Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas will preside over the 3:00 p.m. Mass at the San Fernando de Dilao Parish on Nov. 11, Wednesday.

Celebrating BECs

To deliver the opening talk is Cotabato Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 12, Thursday. He will talk about “BECs in the Philippines – Thanksgiving for 50 Years of Vatican II’s Spirit of Renewal.”

At 4:00 p.m., Thursday, Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma will preside over the concelebrated Mass.

On Nov. 13, Friday afternoon, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will talk about “BEC in the Philippines: Responding as a Community of Missionary Disciples to the Challenge of Pope Francis to be a Poor Church for the Poor.”

Thousands expected

Some 10,000 leaders and members of various BECs will join the delegates at the culminating activity at the Cuneta Astrodome from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Motorcades from various dioceses and parishes in Metro Manila will converge along Roxas Blvd. near the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Among the personalities expected to share their talents during the program are Jamie Rivera, Jimmy Bondoc, and the singing priests known as “Priests in the City.”

The Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto will read a message from Pope Francis to the assembly while Tagle will celebrate the culminating Mass at 4:00 p.m. with bishops and over 200 priests as concelebrants. (Melo M. Acuna / CBCPNews)

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