The Diocese of Balanga in Bataan will observe Christian Unity Week from Jan. 18 to 25.
In a Diocesan Pastoral Directive, Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos said priest formators from the Virgen Milagrosa del Rosario College Seminary will present and share their reflections on the Encyclical Letter of His Holiness, Pope Francis Fratelli Tutti.
The reflections, through the assistance of the diocese’s Ministry on Social Communications, are pre-recorded and may be downloaded on YouTube during the observance of Christian Unity Week.
Santos said the presentation and reflection will be made by Father Jason Balan – Chapter One: Dark Clouds over a Closed World and Chapter Two: A Stranger on the Road; Father Joseph Quicho – Chapter Three: Envisaging and Engendering an Open World Moving Beyond Ourselves; Chapter Four: A Heart Open to the Whole World; Father Ramon Mariano – Chapter Five: A Better Kind of Politics; Chapter Six: Dialogue and Friendship in Society Social Dialogue; Father Rosauro Guila – Chapter Seven: Paths of Renewed Encounter Starting Anew from the Truth the Art and Architecture of Peace, and Chapter Eight: Religions at the Service of Fraternity in our World the Ultimate Foundation.
“In order to build a better, just, and peaceful world, our Holy Father with his Fratelli Tutti fosters and highlights fraternity and social friendship. As one family in this world, all must work towards peace, that is, avoiding and declaring no to war, rejecting globalized indifference,” Santos said.
“It is in this devastating and dangerous time of the COVID-19 pandemic that all can show and act as brothers and sisters to one another. No one is ignored. No one is forgotten nor left behind. But all are helped. All are given hope. And they can feel and act as their brother’s keeper (Genesis 4,9). With Fratelli Tutti, we are one and united. We belong to each other and we need one another. With the grateful heart and open hand, let us listen to the valuable reflective sharing of our Virgen Milagrosa del Rosario College Seminary priest-formators,” he said.