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'Virtual' celebration eyed for 500th year of Christianity in PH

September 25, 2020 - Friday 8:09 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image VIRTUAL EVENTS. The Archdiocese of Cebu will launch on Saturday (Sept. 26, 2020) the social media activities related to the celebration of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. Archbishop Jose Palma on Friday (Sept. 25, 2020) issued a circular letter, directing the parishes in Cebu to adopt different social media platforms in commemorating the birth of Christianity in the Philippine archipelago, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (Screengrab of poster released by the Cebu Chancery)

CEBU CITY – Amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Archdiocese of Cebu will adopt the different social media platforms in celebrating the 500th year of Christianity in the Philippines next year, the local church chancery said on Friday.

Archbishop Jose Palma, in a circular letter, announced the launching of the church’s series of social media activities starting on Saturday afternoon -- the first event related to the quincentennial celebration since Cebu was placed under community quarantine in March.

Palma said the social media activities comprise the church’s “weekly activities for the coming big event celebrating our 500 years of Christianity”.

“I will give the opening message for said launching online, live at my residence,” the prelate said.

He said that all activities can be viewed through on the Facebook page 500 Years of Christianity - Archdiocese of Cebu (www.facebook.com/500YoCCebu or @500YoCCebu), Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

The leader of the four million Catholic Church members here said that the church’s leadership is hoping that through social media, the activities related to the 500 years of faith in the Philippines “will provide us the needed historical and pastoral information to know more about our faith, through webinars, talk shows, and documentaries”.

“These activities will not only remind us of our journey of faith but also refresh our memories on the Filipino mission, the gift that we have been bestowed upon and have continued to nurture for all believers, here and abroad,” Palma said.

Palma directed all priests in 164 parishes and quasi-parishes, mission stations, five non-parochial shrines, the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño which is the center of the big event, and the two national shrines in Cebu to announce the subsequent activities during online masses and share it with their social media accounts.

In November last year, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) laid down the supposed series of activities in celebrating the birth of Christianity in the Philippine archipelago.

Among these events are the launching of a coffee table book, the National Mission Congress supposed to be held on April 12 to 16 but was moved by CBCP president, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David to 2022, due to the Covid-19 crisis. John Rey Saavedra