Bishop Vicente Navarra (left) with presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte during his visit to Bacolod City before the May 9 polls* ( Andy Alvarez photo )
Leaders of the Diocese of Bacolod yesterday called on the faithful to pray for presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte so that he will be guided by the Holy Spirit , amid his recent attacks on the Catholic Church that he called “the most hypocritical institution.”
Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra told the DAILY STAR he is calling on the faithful to pray that Duterte will be protected from evil and open to guidance from heaven so that he will succeed as president.
Msgr. Victorino Rivas, judicial vicar of the Diocese of Bacolod, said that while the Church will continue to oppose the imposition of the death penalty and the use of contraceptives being espoused by Duterte, he is also calling for prayers for him.
The appointment by Pope Francis of Msgr. Patricio Buzon as Bishop of Bacolod , sparks hopes that his leadership will spawn, not just a renewal but a revival of the faith among our people, especially the young, Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.
Buzon, outgoing Bishop of Kabankalan, yesterday said he expects to assume his post as head of the Diocese of Bacolod in July after the ordinations of five deacons of the Diocese of Kabankalan as new priests.
The Vatican, on Tuesday, announced the Pope's appointment of Buzon, 66, who has served as Bishop of Kabankalan for 13 years, as the new bishop of Bacolod replacing Bishop Vicente Navarra, 77, who has reached retirement age.
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Protection of blue whale
sighted in NegOr pushed
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Government authorities and environmentalists in Dumaguete City are calling for increased public awareness on the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) which has been sighted again for three consecutive days in the waters of southern Negros Oriental.
The baleen whale was spotted close to shore from somewhere in between Dauin town, Bacong town and Dumaguete City beginning Monday.
On Tuesday, it was seen again for about five or six times in the afternoon by a group of about 20 people, headed by environmentalist and dive shop owner and dive tour operator Harold Biglete, off the coast of Dauin and Bacong. .