By Ferdinand Patinio
MANILA — Bishop Broderick Pabillo, newly appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, is urging the faithful to pray for the archdiocese.
“Nagpapasalamat ako at humihingi ng dasal sa lahat. Dasal hindi lamang para sa akin kundi para sa ating archdiocese. At ito siguro ang paghahanda natin sa bagong archbishop natin ay isang paraan din ng ating pagbibigay ng pagpapahalaga sa ating local na simbahan dito sa (I am thankful and also asking prayers from everyone. This is not only for me but for our archdiocese. For sure, this is our preparation for a new archbishop and at the same time a way of nurturing our local church here at the) archdiocese of Manila,” he said in an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas Wednesday.
Likewise, Pabillo asked the faithful to pray for the process of choosing Tagle’s successor.
“Ipagdasal natin yung pagpipili, kasi alam naman natin na ang mga obispo natin ay ibinibigay sa atin ng simbahan (Let’s pray for the selection process. For all we know, our bishops are given by the Church),” he added.
Pabillo, however, admitted that he is still overwhelmed with his appointment.
He was installed to the position after Archbishop-Emeritus Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was appointed by the Vatican as the head of the Prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples.
The Archdiocese of Manila is home to 4 million Catholics and composed of 86 parishes with over 500 priests.
Aside from being the administrator of Manila archdiocese, Pabillo is the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on the Laity. (PNA)