by Margaux Salcedo
For the past 9 years in preparation for the grand celebration of 500 Years of Christianity, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has designated a theme every year.
To prepare the faithful for 2021, the bishops in 2012 announced “a nine-year journey for the New Evangelization,” with a different theme for each year:
Integral Faith Formation (2013)
The Laity (2014)
The Poor (2015)
The Eucharist and the Family (2016)
The Parish as a Communion of Communities (2017)
The Clergy and Religious (2018)
The Youth (2019)
Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue (2020)
Missio ad gentes [mission to the nations] (2021)
2021: Year of Missio Ad Gentes
For the launch of the Year of Missio Ad Gentes last November 2020, CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles issued a Pastoral Letter, quoted verbatim below.
Activities and events for the Year of Missio Ad Gentes are led by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Mission, chaired by Bishop Socrates Mesiona of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa and member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Romulo Valles
Dearly Beloved People of God,
The Philippine Church rejoices as it enters a national celebration of the 500 Years of Christianity in our treasured homeland. Five centuries ago we received the marvelous gift of the Christian faith; our hearts overflow with joy and gratitude. Why of all the nations and peoples in Asia was the Philippines chosen by God to be among the first to receive this precious gift? The clear answer is simply this: God’s magnanimous, overflowing love.