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A 2-day meeting between church and government representatives.

Next week, a two-day gathering will further deepen cooperation between the Catholic Church and the government.

The gathering will be organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (CBCP-ECPA) at the Diamond Hotel along Roxas Boulevard in Manila on September 19 and 20, according to the church-run newspaper Radyo Veritas over the weekend.

Under the leadership of Presidential Chief of Staff Victor Rodriguez and Secretary Benhur Abalos, the government will be represented by officials from the Office of the President, Department of the Interior, and Local Government.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, president of the CBCP and head of the Diocese of Caloocan, Imus Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista, chair of the CBCP-ECPA, and Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP-ECPA, are the participants from the church.

The two topics that will be covered are the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines’ teachings and the function of the CBCP-ECPA in society.

The ECPA, among other things, represents the CBCP in public hearings held by the government on subjects affecting Church-State relations and acts as a liaison body in meetings with the government. It also offers a venue for discussion of issues that impact Church-State relations.

On the other hand, the CBCP reports that Rodriguez will speak on “The Church and Marcos Presidency: Ways to Move Forward” on the first day of the gathering.

The second day’s topics will be “Church and State Collaboration and Conscientious Engagement in Serving the Nation” by Abalos and “Planning and Prioritization in Crisis in the Philippines Socio-Political Context” by Catholic scholar, educator, and author Dr. Jose Mario Maximiano.

David will lead the Mass to end the gathering.

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