CBCP-issued 500 YOC plate now available
The pope made the decision in a decree issued on Feb. 25 to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. It was signed by the Head of Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza. The celebration officially began on April 4 which would be an opportunity to increase the virtues of faith, hope and charity. The country’s 85 dioceses have listed about 537 pilgrimage churches for the quincentennial celebration of the evangelization of Asia’s bastion of Christianity. Still, when the faithful make the pilgrimage, they have to meet the usual conditions of going to confession, receiving the Eucharist, and praying for the intentions of the pope. “Gifted to Give”, that’s the theme of the celebration of the 5th Centenary of Christianity in our country. It’s taken from the gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 10, Verse 8 where we hear Christ telling his apostles: “Freely you have received. Freely give.” It’s actually Christ’s order for his apostles to do all, to give all they have got in their work and mission of apostolate. The theme and logo of the celebration was approved by the permanent council of CBCP on September 18, 2019. Recently, the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines has initiated a fundraising by making available the 500 YOC Commemorative Plate that encapsulates the encompassing theme of the 500 Years of Christianity celebration in the Philippines. This plate is a valuable souvenir and the best memorabilia for this joyous event. It is also an important reminder of how the Christian faith came to the shore of Mactan, Cebu in 1521 which grew throughout the Philippine islands for the next 500 years.