If you go to San Pedro Cathedral Parish here in Davao, you will see on the left side of the sanctuary a chair peculiarly designed for the bishop. Only the local bishop can sit on it. All cathedrals have that kind of chair as a symbol of the authority of the head of a particular church. Other priest-presiders of the Mass will use the other seat.
Originating in the 4th century, the whole Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle. This recalls the unity of the Church founded on the apostle Peter. The Pope, as bishop of Rome and being “the first among equals” is especially remembered on this day. As Vicar of Christ, he deserves our obedience and loyalty.
It is our firm faith that the Church, led by the authority of St. Peter cannot err in terms of faith and morals. Let us offer prayers for our Pope and all bishops and renew our allegiance to the Church they shepherd.