The Most Reverend Fr. Charles John Brown DD, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines officiated a Holy Mass last Sunday, February 21 during the dedication of the St. John Paul II shrine in Hermosa, the second in the province.
The first shrine inaugurated in May 2011, is inside the former Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC), now Bataan Technology Park, Inc. (BTPI) in Morong. It would be remembered that 40 years ago, in 1981, St. John Paul II visited PRPC to give hope and blessing to the Vietnamese refugees who sought temporary shelter at the center, as well as celebrate the hospitality and kindness of the Filipinos who warmly welcomed said refugees, a testimony of unity and love for our fellowmen.
The Papal Nuncio, who is the representative of the Pope to our country likewise emphasized the importance of leading a life free of sins and always willing to be of help to others.
In his short message, Gov. Abet expressed his gratitude to the Church, having been a constant partner of the provincial government in its initiatives for the welfare of Bataenos, more so in its fight against COVID-19; wherein the Church opened its doors and provided temporary shelter to our medical frontliners as well as a venue for cancer patients who undergo much-needed chemotherapy.