Prelate to faithful: Be missionaries during the COVID-19 pandemic

Published February 7, 2021, 12:25 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

You can still be a missionary even without leaving your home during this time of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.


Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo said one can help spread the Good News simply by praying.

“Even during this pandemic that we cannot go out of our homes, we can say our Yes to the mission. We all can pray for the missionaries and for the spread of the Good News,” he said in his homily in a Mass at Binondo Church, Manila, Sunday, February 7.

Mission is a work of grace, Pabillo said, that’s why we need to pray.

“Let us all be missionaries. Let us start now in this Holy Mass by praying for missionaries and for their works,” he said.

“We all can pray for people who are losing meaning in their lives, people who are suffering from sickness and material needs,” added Pabillo.

The Archdiocese of Manila launched Saturday, Feb. 6 the local celebration of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.

Father Kali Pietre Llamado, Vice Rector of the Manila Cathedral and one of the priests in-charge of the preparations for the event, also emphasized the importance of missionary work especially during this time of pandemic.

“It is important for us to celebrate because mission does not end in the time of pandemic, in fact Missionary work is given more significance in times of difficulties. Our frontliners, medical workers, and all of us who try our best to contribute in helping the country are ourselves doing and saying yes to the Mission of Jesus,” he said.