“The Christian witness in Nepal today passes through the works of mercy and compassion for people who have lost everything,” Fr. Bogati said.
The statement seems likely to antagonize Beijing, which officially tolerates only government-appointed bishops and churches.
Organizers said the meeting aims to develop interfaith unity and action on common local and national climate change challenges.
“And that is good news for the local Church and the faithful,” said Archbishop Romulo Valles.
Archbishop Tirona said they are also coordinating with other civic-minded groups for the passage of the Bill.
"Ask Mary to help Catholics in China... to live spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built," the pontiff said.
The Nuestra Señora de Guía (Our Lady of Guidance) of Ermita enjoys the distinction of being the country’s oldest, marking its 444 years recently.
Archbishop Villegas said that it was a saddening fact that some countries in our Southeast Asian region have turned these refugees away, refusing them the comfort of even just a temporary stay.