There’s a reason to celebrate the holiday, the faithful told

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Friday, December 27, 2013

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma assured the Cebuano faithful that God is with them.
“Because of the birth of our savior, we can truly say that we are not alone in our dire circumstance,” Palma said in his homily during the Christmas Eve mass at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

He added that the faithful still received the gift of Jesus’s birth despite the calamities that struck Cebu and the rest of the Visayas this year.
On Oct. 15, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed structures and killed many in Cebu and Bohol.

On Nov. 8, super typhoon Yolanda destroyed homes and crops and killed more than 6,000 people in northern Cebu, Leyte and eastern Samar.

Parishes belonging to the Archdiocese of Cebu were affected on both occasions.

The Basilica del Sto. Niño, the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Church in Barangay Pardo, the St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in Carcar City suffered structural damage during the earthquake.

Something to look forward to

More than 20 parishes in northern Cebu were affected by Yolanda’s wrath.
But Palma said the faithful still have something to look forward to during the holidays.

“There is a reason to celebrate because we believe that when God is with us, we can say to ourselves to ‘rise up and walk’,” he said.

He also thanked Pope Francis and the international community for the help they sent to areas affected by both calamities.

Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, the papal nuncio to the Philippines, went to typhoon-ravaged areas in Tacloban and the rest of Eastern Visayas to bring the pope’s Christmas message to the survivors there.

Pinto also reminded the faithful that God truly has a face and a name after Jesus Christ’s birth.

He quoted Pope Francis who said that God can be seen anywhere, even in a small child.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 27, 2013.

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