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Basic Ecclesial Community: Model of Participatory Church

    Introduction In the Archdiocese of Cotabato, when we speak of a “new way of being Church” we refer to the Basic Ecclesial Community. It is a “new way of being Church,” for us. It is a participatory Church.  The “Old Way of Being Church” – Some Characteristics In the “old way of being Church, people go to Mass ... Read More »

Homily Notes: Feast of St. John XXIII

  My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:  What a wonderful morning this is! The experience of entering the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica and gaining the immeasurable blessings of the Lord! Celebrating the feastday of Pope St. John XIII  with the Holy Eucharist in this magnificent Basilica dedicated to St. Peter, the first Pope of our Church. This is ... Read More »

Mission Yesterday and Today

INTRODUCTION  “Go forth into the whole world…teach and baptize, make disciples..” How do we understand this mission mandate that Jesus gave to his Apostles? Is it still valid today? How do we in Asia realize this mission? How do you as German Lay Catholics in various secular professions bring the words of Jesus to fulfillment?  WHAT IS MISSION? to do ... Read More »

Missionary Discipleship

   Pope Francis in his first Encyclical Letter, Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel): At the very heart of Christian identity by virtue of Baptism is mission. To be baptised is to belong to Christ, to follow Christ. To be a disciple of the Lord is to follow his mission. His words to the Apostles are words spoken to all ... Read More »

Mission and Inter-religious Dialogue For Peace and Harmony

My Archdiocese is in Southern Philippines. It covers three provinces: the Province of Maguindanao, most of the Province of Sultan Kudarat, and some towns in the Province of North Cotabato. 47% of the people is Muslim. 48% is Catholic. The rest belong to other religions. What is our Mission in this pastoral context of Christians and Muslims living together? To ... Read More »