Thomasian bishop: ‘Build more places of mercy’


MALOLOS Bishop Jose Oliveros called for the construction of shelters and orphanages as an act of mercy to the homeless and abandoned.

Oliveros, a Thomasian alumnus, stressed the need for more “places of mercy” following the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

“We are called all the time to raise ourselves even more attentively on mercy, so that we may become more and more an effective sign of the Father’s action with our lives,” he said in his homily during a Mass for delegates of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (Wacom) at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Marilao, Bulacan last Jan. 19.

On the fourth day of Wacom on Jan. 19, the delegates visited “places of mercy” under the Diocese of Malolos and in Valenzuela, including Galilee Homes, a rehabilitation center for former drug users.

Diocese of Malolos Vicar General Msgr. Bartolome Santos said the Church “is doing everything it can” to employ mercy as an instrument to end the Duterte administration’s “war on drugs.”

“It is very timely for us to be aware and take part in the efforts of the Church to re-establish the means of putting an end to drugs,” Santos said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

The fourth day of Wacom was capped by the unveiling of tallest statue of the Divine Mercy image of Christ, standing about 100 feet tall atop a four-storey building at the National Shrine.

The blessing and inauguration of the monument was presided by Bishop Oliveros and Bishop Martin Uzoukwu of Nigeria.

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