Politikos should strive for change – Cebu Archbishop Palma


Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma on Easter Sunday said candidates for the May 13 elections should strive to become instruments of change.

In his homily during the Easter Sunday Mass at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Palma said candidates should be aware of the various issues, stressing sanctity of life and marriage as major concerns in the country.

Palma encouraged the faithful to celebrate deep trust and faith in God and to strengthen the belief of the Risen Lord’s good news rather than giving weight to “fake news.”

“Taliwala sa tanang problema, taliwala sa kangitngit, ug bisan pa sa lain-laing mga hitabo, ang atong pagsalig sa Diyos, mao’y magdala nato sa kausaban, bag-ong paglaum, bag-ong kinabuhi! (In spite of all the problems, darkness, and challenges we have, our trust in the Lord will bring us to change, new hope, and new life)” Palma said.

Palma also said the church celebrated “the resurrection of Christ to
give emphasis to the triumph of our faith in God.”

“Sa pagkabanhaw ni Kristo gisaulog ang kadaugan sa atong pagtuo,
kadaugan sa kahayag batok sa kangitngit, kadaugan sa kaayo batok sa
dautan, kadaugan sa pasaylo batok sa pagdumot, kadaugan sa kinabuhi
batok sa kamatayon (Christ’s resurrection is celebrated as triumph of
our faith, triumph of the light against darkness, triumph of good
against evil, triumph of forgiveness against hatred, triumph of life
against death),” Palma said.

“Kining tanan kulang kun dili nato saulugon ang pagkabanhaw ni Kristo.
Kay kining pagkabanhaw ni Kristo maoy pagpamatuod sa Diyos nga ang
tanan nga gitudlo ni Hesus, ang tanan niyang gibuhat mao’y good news,
dili fake news, ug mao’y pangandoy natong’ tanan (All these would be
lacking if we fail to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Christ’s
resurrection is a testimony that all of Jesus’ teachings, and all what
he did, are all good news, not fake news. And this is what we are
yearning for),” he added.

Palma said the incidence brought about by Jesus’ resurrection from the
dead is a confirmation of his teachings passed on to the disciplines
and are being preserved through faith.

Cebuanos flocked to beaches in Cebu as families and friends make as
part of their Easter Sunday tradition.
Public beaches in the cities of Talisay and Lapu-Lapu and the town of
Minglanilla, and even the coastal segment of the South Road Properties
(SRP), a reclamation project of the Cebu city government, have been
packed with beach goers starting dawn of Sunday. (PNA)