Friday, 14 August 2020 13:45

CBCP asks faithful to take part in Massive prayer campaign vs COVID

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is inviting the faithful to a “collective prayer action to lift the lockdowns and help heal the nation,” according to the Joint Pastoral Message on COVID-19 released on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

“We appeal for a massive and nationwide campaign for TEN HAIL MARY’S DAILY, in our schools and seminaries, parishes and communities, starting August 15 the Solemnity of the Assumption until September 15, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows to be prayed at 12:00 noon wherever you may be,” the statement said.

The document was endorsed by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Acting President of CBCP and the Bishop of Kalookan, and is addressed particularly to the Commission on Seminaries and the Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education in time for the opening of the school year 2020-2021.

CBCP also expressed its gratitude to the medical frontliners who daily make risks and sacrifices as they take care of the COVID-19 patients. On the other hand, the bishops appeal for “the upgrade of the capacity of hospitals and rationalize the use of limited hospital spaces.”

Parents and teachers are also called to attend to the special needs of their children during the pandemic time.

“There is a bigger and brighter world beyond the virtual world that our children have been accustomed to during the lockdowns.”

The document also calls on the Catholic colleges and universities to help in spreading truthful and accurate information to address the propagation of fake news.

“Let us drink from the well of Catholic social teachings how to face this worldwide pandemic. These will give our countrymen an access to the truth that will free them from baseless fears and unnecessary anxieties,” according to the statement.

The CBCP also urges the government leaders “to be more open to the new scientific insights and global experiences around COVID-19, even if these may challenge one’s belief systems and preferred approaches to managing the epidemic.”

“Let us learn from the success stories of our ASEAN neighbors with political humility and collective honesty.

At the end of the joint statement, the bishops asked the faithful to resist the culture of death by being hopeful.

“Refuse to get discouraged. Rise up to hope in the Lord. With firm faith we declare “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)”’ (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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