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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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Pray for me, Buzon asks
Calls for respect for human rights

Moved by the warm welcome he received from Hinigaran town to Bacolod City, Bishop Patricio Buzon, the new bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod, asked the faithful to pray for him as he takes on the challenges of leading the Church in the diocese.

Buzon said his new assignment in Bacolod will not be as easy as it was in the Diocese of Kabankalan since the society is bigger and life in the city is more complicated than in the countryside.

The new bishop of the diocese said he is thankful for his predecessors for stabilizing the diocese, and looks forward to great things ahead.

“Negrenses are very warm-hearted and loving people. Let us continue to journey together on the road that was taken by my predecessors,” Buzon said in an interview.

In his first 100 days, the new bishop plans to visit the parishes to discuss and deliberate with the priests and the lay leaders on where the church is heading to.

“Whatever plans we will have should come from all. I will go around and talk with the priests, the lay people and the leaders of the lay organizations,” the new bishop said.

“What I am sure about is that I know where to bring us and that is towards the fulfillment of God's will and to have his kingdom reign in our midst,” Buzon said.

Aware that there are still two years left before the next re-shuffling of priests' assignments, the new bishop said the matter will be discussed when he meets with the Presbyterium , or the gathering of the priests in the diocese.

Asked to comment on the “Thou Shall Not Kill” message written on tarpaulin hang outside the San Sebastian Cathedral, Buzon said he did not notice it but read about it in the newspapers.

“That is one of the Commandments and I suppose that was the stand of the diocese before I came. We will discuss it later, and I have no problem with that. We will respect it as the message is very pure.

“I am very happy with the political will of the government in ridding the country of corruption and drugs and all those very unpleasant things, but while the leadership is intent in doing all that, human rights should be respected and respect for life should be upheld,” Buzon said.

He added that his message to the faithful of the Dioces of Bacolod is summarized in his motto, “ Adveniat r egnum tuum ” or “Thy Kingdom Come”, stressing that everyone should let God reign in every heart, in every family and in every community, as it is what the church is really all about. Bishop Buzon will be formally installed today as the 6 th Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines during the 9 a.m. ceremony at the San Sebastian Cathedral.*NAB  



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