Balanga bishop joins influential Catholic group; Nahalal sa migration board
An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has been elected to the International Catholic Migration Commission.
CBCP episcopal commission on migrants and itinerant people and Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said this is an acknowledgment of migrant Filipinos’ contributions.
“They acknowledge contributions of our migrants and our chaplains to the universal Church and to the world,” Santos said (http://cbcpnews.net/cbcpnews/filipino-bishop-appointed-to-the-intl-catholic-migration-commission/).
Santos is currently in Rome, Italy after attending the quadrennial ICMC Council Plenary Meeting last March 6 to 8.
He said his new position in the ICMC is a sign that “God wants us to do something more (for) our OFWs.”
“We at ECMI is doing everything since before and ever to let them feel that God is with them, our Church journeys with them,” he added.
For this year’s ICMC meeting, more than 100 delegates from 58 countries attended.
Also elected during the meeting were the new ICMC head and regional representatives including two each from Africa, Asia, Europe, South and North America, and one each from the Middle East, North Africa, Oceania and the Carribean.
Santos and Fr. Jaison Vadassery Joseph, a delegate of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, were elected to represent the Asian region.
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