Thursday, 01 August 2019 09:32

Pray for the nation and for those persecuted unjustly - Cardinal Tagle


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle urged the priests, religious men women, and all the faithful in the Archdiocese of Manila to pray for the country and most especially the bishops and priests who are suffering because of persecutions and false accusations.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle (File Photo: RCAM-AOC)

In a circular letter released by the Archdiocese of Manila on August 1, 2019, through its Chancery office, Cardinal Tagle has asked the faithful, religious men and women in the Archdiocese of Manila to “offer Masses and prayer" as expression of solidarity and fraternal support.

“Let our prayers be the best expression of our solidarity and fraternal support for them,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Cardinal Tagle also invited the faithful to respond in faith and hope through common prayer, discernment and awareness as the society faces many disturbing issues.

He requested that a Prayer for the Nation be prayed at all Sunday Masses, including the evening Masses of Saturday, for the whole month of August beginning August 4, the feast of St. John Mary Vianney, patron of all priests. The prayer will take the place of the Prayer of the Faithful of the Mass and will be prayed standing.

“We lift up to you our bishops, priests, consecrated persons, and lay faithful who suffer from misunderstanding, false accusations, and persecution on account of their faith and their promotion of justice. Grant them holy joy that will see them through the dark nights of suffering,” according to the Prayer for the Nation by Cardinal Tagle.

Other dioceses, including the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Diocese of Cubao and Balanga Bataan, held Mass in support of their bishops who were accused earlier by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) of charge inciting sedition. The bishops were charged for their alleged involvement in a released video that linked prominent personalities, including the President's family, with the illegal drug trade. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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