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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Nov. 16, 2014




Circular No. 2014-47
November 10, 2014


TO: ALL PRIESTS, RECTORS, CHAPLAINS, OF PARISHES, SHRINES AND CHAPELS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: WORLD DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS ON NOV. 16, 2014


Dear Brother Priests,

Greetings of Peace!

The ever expanding network of roads and highways and the increasing number of vehicles and people using them are an ubiquitous and inescapable feature of our modern world. This feature has produced laws, ordinances and policies that govern the use of the road and the users of the road. It has also surfaced a culture, and modes of behavior that are often not desirable, or even downright uncaring and reckless. The results are road victims: people who are hurt or who die because of reckless, irresponsible, and ignorant drivers; people who get hurt or die because of their own lack of road discipline in crossing streets, and in observing road etiquette and courtesy; people who kill or get killed because of road rage. We only need to watch the news on TV or read the reports in the newspapers to realize how frequent and deadly road accidents and incidents have become.



The United Nations has seen the need to draw attention to this deadly phenomenon and declared the third Sunday of November as World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR).

It seeks to remind all of the need for more responsible use of vehicles and the road and to call on those who are tasked with minding the roads and the vehicles to perform their duties with more diligence and focus. 

In this regard I ask you to raise our concerns to the God of order, to our Giver of life and include this intention in the prayers of the faithful on WDR for Road Victims on November 16.

 


For all drivers of vehicles of all types that they may be aware of their duty to respect their fellow road users and to ensure their own safety and the safety of those riding with them and of the people on the road, we pray.

For the eternal repose of the souls of victims of all road accidents, and for their families, that they may be consoled in their grief by their faith in God’s love and care, we pray.  


Together let us pray to God our Father to lead us to safety and to keep us away from harm as we journey on this earth towards His heavenly Kingdom. 




Sincerely yours in Christ,

(signed)
+Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
Archbishop of Manila