The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly affected so many events, and the most recent of which is the quincentennial celebration of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines. The much-awaited event, which was originally set for culmination in April 2021, is now slated for launch in April 2021 until April 2022.
According to Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, acting president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the decision to move the dates was due to the ongoing health crisis. (Read: Vatican to Celebrate World Mission Sunday Amid Pandemic)
“Due to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was necessary to change the schedule of our celebration of the 500 years of Christianity,” Bishop David said.
500 Years of Christianity
The kick-off for the said event will be on April 17, Easter Sunday, to commemorate the First Easter Sunday Mass in the country. It comes after the National Historical Commission of the Philippines has confirmed that the historic Mass was held on Limasawa Island in Southern Leyte on March 31, 1521.
Aside from the first Easter Sunday Mass, the Church will also commemorate the First Baptism which happened on April 14, 1521. The event will be led by the Archdiocese of Cebu.
The bishops have also decided to move the International Mission Congress (IMC) and the 2nd National Mission Congress to April 2022. The events were originally slated next year.