The Suffering Church
“Please pray for the victims of Mount Carmel Cathedral bombing in Jolo. No words can describe the sorrow and pain that we feel. May they be given justice in God’s time. I know that the friends of the victims—both Muslims and Christians—are mourning and in deep sorrow today. Pray also or the families of our young soldiers who died while securing the cathedral. Most of those who died were our regular Sunday 8am Mass-goers.”
In spite of the campaign to discredit the Church, recent, independent surveys have shown that the Church as an institution continues to enjoy a very high level of credibility. The number of vocations to the priesthood continues to rise practically everywhere in the country.
"It will be necessary to maintain the dynamism of World Youth Day, to continue the work, because there is a tendency in Panama to rely on the superficial, the emotional, and the sentimental. Hence, the importance of educating the faithful and the young about the social doctrine of the Church,”