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Bishops bid farewell to papal nuncio
Outgoing Vatican envoy to Philippines was an 'inspiration'Outgoing papal nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams shares a light moment with Filipino bishops during a dinner in Manila Tuesday
- Sean Salvador, Manila
- March 23, 2011
The bishops praised Archbishop Adams for his outstanding service to the Church in the Philippines.
The archbishop is being transferred to Greece after having spent almost three years in his present position. He is due to leave for his new post straight after Holy Week.
Bishop Nereo Odchimar called Archbishop Adams a â€śfatherâ€ť figure.
â€śI would like to consider myself fortunate to have met such a special person like youâ€¦ learned to care so much about and this makes saying goodbye hard,â€ť said Bishop Odchimar, president of the Catholic bishopsâ€™ conference.
He lauded Archbishop Adams for his â€śsolicitudeâ€ť for the Church and its hierarchy. â€śWe truly felt the sincerity of his friendship,â€ť he said.
He congratulated the outgoing papal envoy and presented him with three vestments in different colors.
â€śYour presence in our midst is really an inspiration,â€ť he said.
You move on â€śto greater challenges in your new assignment, we accompany you with our prayers,â€ť Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal of Cebu told Archbishop Adams
â€śYour work in the Philippines will bear much fruitâ€¦ it is a legacy that we will cherish and remember,â€ť he said.
Archbishop Adams said he enjoyed his stay in the Philippines and urged the bishops to continue the churchâ€™s mission of â€śtruth, kindness and charity.â€ť
â€śBeing a human being is to dialogue â€¦ being with others, to listen to them, to talk to them, to understand them, to be understood by them, to love them and to be loved by them,â€ť he said.
â€śThis should be the definition of a bishop â€¦ to be in the company of God, to participate in and to facilitate great conversation,â€ť said Archbishop Adams.