CBCP prexy: People saw Jesus through Pope Francis

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

LINGAYEN-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas described the first year of Pope Francis as the head of the Roman Catholic Church as a blessing since the people saw Jesus through him.

“It is not him who shines. It is Jesus who chose him and who works and speaks through him that shines,” said Villegas in an interview. "He is Jesus for the world."

Earlier, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) noted that the Holy Father has inspired many people, which is the reason for the increase of church attendance in the country.

“Pope Francis seems to be inspiring more people to make God their first friend,” he said.

The CBCP head urged Catholics to learn from the pontiff’s simplicity and faith in God.

As the attention of the world is on Francis, Villegas is certain that the pontiff would want the people to focus on God.

“I am very sure that Pope Francis gratefully accepts the honor not for himself but for God. He has always spoken about putting God at the center--not the Church, not churchmen,” the prelate said.

Francis, the first leader of the Catholic Church from South America, succeeded resigned Pope Benedict XVI on March 13, 2013. (FP/Sunnex)

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