New Philippine bishops’ conference head wants ‘active dialogue’

(UCAN) The new president of the Philippine bishops’ conference said he will promote “active dialogue” during his term as head of the collegial body over the next two years.

Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao said it is the vision of the country’s church leaders to pursue dialogue.

He said his election as president of the bishops’ conference was “God’s will” that he has to accept.

“I look at it with faith that even with all my limitations God must have allowed it, me to be elected as president,” said the prelate in an interview on church-run Radio Veritas.

Archbishop Valles said that even through his “smallness” he would be able “to do my job and do the affairs of the conference in a way that could put the glory of God in his church.”

The prelate said it is important to pursue dialogue, especially amid the conflict in the southern part of the country where government security forces continue to battle terrorist gunmen.

He said the statement released by the bishops at the end of their meeting on July 10 was “encouraging us to engage and put out efforts in promoting dialogue.”

Archbishop Valles was elected president of the bishops’ conference during its 115th plenary assembly on July 8. [More]