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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Catholic Church to launch “Year of Mission” on Jan. 14

MANILA, Jan. 14 (PIA) -– The Catholic Church will officially launch the “Year of the Mission” on Saturday, January 14.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) vice president Archbishop Socrates Villegas will lead a Mass together with hundreds of Catholic bishops at the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Pasay City.

According to the CBCP, the year 2012 has been declared as the ‘Year of the Pontifical Mission Societies’ which also marks the Pope’s Mission Societies (PMS) 80th anniversary.

“It is to be a grace-filled year, marked by renewed enthusiasm for dedicated service as Christ’s evangelizing disciples,” said Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP president.

Archbishop Palma said the PMS were given the status of ‘pontifical,’ meaning they are under the direction of the Holy Father. Their common goal is the fostering of a universal missionary spirit among all Catholics.

Likewise, the Catholic Church believes that the eight-decade dedication of the PMS in putting faith in motion through missionary works will reach greater heights once the Filipino had attained a certain degree of maturity in faith.

Meanwhile, PMS national director Fr. Socrates Mesiona called on the faithful to participate in the year-long mission activities they prepared for the parishes, Catholic schools, and church organizations.

Fr. Mesiona hopes that the PMS activities will help renew the Filipinos’ missionary commitment and lead everyone to be effective witnesses of God’s love through service and discipleship.

The highlight of the celebration will be the Grand Mission Festival on April 18-20 in Marikina City. (CBCP/RJB/JEG-PIA NCR)

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