Murcia officials, priests reconcile
BY NIDA BUENAFE
Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra said yesterday that the healing of the rift between church and government leaders in Murcia showed the force of prayer in softening hearts, allowing humility and forgiveness to grow and pave the way for reconciliation.
The local officials, headed by Mayor Andrew Montelibano and Vice Mayor Gerry Rojas, hugged parish priest Fr. Greg Patiño, parochial vicar Fr. Agustin Hinayan, and the pastors who are members of the Murcia Interdenominational Ministers’ Forum, during the concelebrated thanksgiving mass yesterday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Church in the town.
During the mass, presided by Msgr. Louie Galbines, vicar general of the diocese, the bishop said it was the grace, mercy and divine wisdom that allowed both parties to set aside their differences and agree to work together in the campaign against vices in the society.