CBCP to formally launch ‘Stop the Killings’ nationwide campaign Featured

The Catholic church will launch on November 5 the “Lord Heal our Land Sunday” as part of its 40-day “Stop the Killings” campaign to pray and mourn the deaths of the victims of the recent killings, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Archbishop Socrates Villegas said on Thursday.


The CBCP started its campaign since September 23 until November 1 this year, through daily rosary, church bell tolling and candle lighting every 8 p.m.
Villegas said to kick off the campaign, there will be a mass at the Edsa Shrine on November 5, at 3 p.m.


“After the mass, the image of Our Lady of Fatima that was brought by devotees to Edsa in the 1986 People Power revolt will be brought in a candlelight procession to the People Power monument a kilometer away from the Edsa Shrine,” Villegas said in a statement.


“We believe that our national healing, which only the Lord can grant, will come to us through the hands of His mother,” he added.


The Dagupan Archbishop urged Filipinos to join the event and for priests nationwide to hold masses in provinces for those who cannot go to Edsa.


“We are inviting the men and women in consecrated life, the youth and their teachers, the poor and the rich, the healthy and the persons with disability, the laborers and the entrepreneurs, the police and the military, the majority and minority political parties, in other words EVERYBODY, to join this observance of the ‘Lord Heal our Land Sunday,’” Villegas said.


“In asking the Lord to heal our land, we will pray to Him together because we are God’s children wherever we may be,” he added. /jpv
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