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Looking Forward to Our Five Hundredth
We look forward with gratitude and joy to March 16, 2021, the fifth centenary of the coming of Christianity to our beloved land. We remember with thanksgiving the first Mass celebrated in Limasawa Island on Easter Sunday March 31 that same blessed year. We remember the baptism of Rajah Humabon who was given his Christian name Carlos and his wife Hara Amihan who was baptized Juana in 1521. Our eyes gaze on the Santo Niño de Cebu, the oldest religious icon in the Philippines, gift of Ferdinand Magellan to the first Filipino Catholics that same year. Indeed the year 2021 will be a year of great jubilee for the Church in the Philippines.
+ JOSE S. PALMA, D.D.
Archbishop of Cebu
July 9, 2012
Tingnan din ang isang sipi ng liham Pastoral na isinalin sa Filipino dito sa Sa Panahon ng Bagong Ebanghelisasyon