Monday, 19 October 2020 15:42

Volunteers in Prison Ministry continue service amidst COVID threat

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (CBCP-ECPPC) lauded the Volunteers in Prison Service (VIPS) who are working hard to serve the ministry despite the threat of the pandemic.

In an interview of Radio Veritas with Fr. Nezelle Lirio, executive secretary of CBCP- ECPPC, the priests extended its gratitude to the Volunteers in Prison Service as the Prison Awareness Week commenced on October 19, 2020.

The priest also recognized the VIPs important role in helping the prisoners feel the love and care of the Lord for them especially during this time of the pandemic

“I am very hopeful and grateful that our VIPS are indeed very resourceful and never frightened by this situation. They can find ways on how to keep this celebration be observed to continuously spread the unconditional love of God that brings hope and restore justice. My dear VIPS, thank you in tirelessly proclaiming god’s unconditional love in every way you can,” said Fr. Lirio.

Aimed at inspiring Filipinos to pay attention to the situation of the prisoners across the country, the theme for this year’s celebration is “Restoring Hope and Healing during this Time of Pandemic through God’s Transforming Unconditional Love.” The 33rd Prison Awareness Week will be celebrated from October 19-25, 2020.

According to CBCP- ECPPC, there are only about 2,500 volunteers across the country who assist the church in providing various programs that give them hope and start anew. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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