Palma reminds devotees to care for children

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Monday, January 20, 2014

WITH the calamities that hit the Visayas last year, the Feast of the Santo Nino is a testament of the Cebuanos’ faith in God, said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.

In the pontifical mass at the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino yesterday morning, Palma reminded the faithful of last year’s calamities that hit Cebu and the rest of the Visayas, mainly the 7.2 magnitude earthquake and typhoon Yolanda.

He pointed to the Basilica’s damaged belfry as a “witness” to the devastation brought by the two natural disasters.


He said he was impressed by how the Cebuanos proceeded with their lives without complaining.

Palma said the Cebuanos remain hopeful something good will happen this year because of their faith in God.

“Hope is a confident expectation of something good because we are loved by God, by the Santo Niño,” Palma said.

Palma reminded the mass-goers of the importance of caring for children, the sick and the needy.

Palma said the lesson found in the feast of the Santo Niño is to protect not just the children but also the voiceless, powerless and the poor.

“Let us care for the children and let us become like them,” Palma said.

“As we expect good things from the Lord, our mission now is to show how we can protect the little ones. To allow them to grow in the grace of God,” he said.

He said the country has adapted to a culture that prevents children from living and growing.

“The RH (Reproductive Health) Law and the Divorce Bill are not sympathetic to children,” Palma said.

After the mass, Palma and Fr. Jonas Mejares, the Basilica’s rector, unveiled the official logo of the 450th anniversary of the Kaplag, which will be celebrated in 2015.

The logo was designed by Ramesh Rosillo, the editorial cartoonist of the Freeman.

Basilica security chief Alen Saga pegged the crowd who attended the pontifical mass yesterday at 10,000 to 13,000.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 20, 2014.

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