The 30th yearcommemoration of the visit of the late Pope John Paul II in Bacolod City is aimed to deepen the people’s awareness of his advocacies in promotion of the culture of life, which is timely since the Diocese is actively campaigning against the Reproductive Health Bill, Fr. Felix Pasquin said yesterday.
Pasquin, who is the Cathedral Rector and Chairman of the Diocesan Commission on Social Communication, said that the late Pope’s human life advocacies are in contrast of the rationale of the RH Bill.
The Citizens Alliance for Protection of Human Life is staging massive protest against the bill on February 22 at the Bacolod Public Plaza, Father Greg Patiño, who is their Secretary General.
The late Pope, who is also responsible for the organization of the World Youth Day Celebration, came to Bacolod City on February 20, 1981 on invitation of the late Bishop Antonio Y, Fortich, where he was welcomed by thousand of Bacoleños.
The four-day commemoration of the Papal visit will begin with a Mass for the Youth at 6 p.m. today at the San Sebastian Cathedral, which will be attended by students of private schools and will be officiated by Diocesan Youth Director Father Arnold Deletina.
Tomorrow, another mass, this time, for the couples and families will be celebrated by Msgr. Victorino Rivas assisted by the staff and students of John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family will be held at the San Sebastian Cathedral.
On Saturday, Fr. Ernie Larida will also hold a mass to recall the message of the late Pope to the sugar workers when he visited Bacolod while on Sunday, Bishop Vicente Navarra will inaugurate the John Paul II Museum of Life at the John Paul II tower at the reclamation area.
After the inauguration, Navarra will hold a mass at 10 p.m. at the Cathedral, where he will be launching the “Pilgrimage of Life with John Paul II”, which will start on March 9.*APN