- Filipino faithful are asked to pray 10 Hail Marys daily for COVID-19 healing
- In a pastoral letter, the bishops urged the Catholic community to participate in their call to prayer starting August 15 until September 15
- The bishops reminded everyone that nothing is impossible with God
Catholic faithfuls in the country are asked to say a prayer everyday for COVID-19 healing.
As the Philippines continue to face the COVID-19 crisis, Catholic bishops urged the public to pray 10 Hail Marys daily. The prayer rally will start on Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption, and ends on Sept. 15, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
The bishops wrote in a pastoral letter; saying, “We also invite all to a collective prayer action to lift the lockdowns and help heal the nation. God always listens and nothing is impossible with Him.”
The letter was signed by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, and San Jose de Nueva Ecija Bishop Roberto Mallari, who chair the Episcopal Commission on Seminaries and Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education respectively. It was endorsed by Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines acting president Caloocan Bishop Virgilio David.
The bishops urged the Catholic community to be more discerning of what they read and hear in the media. The letter said it is our responsibility to know and understand the issues better.
“We call for circles of study and discernment within our faith communities. We need to be critical and discerning against the many false narratives prevalent in the media and the many unscientific unreasonable public policies. Once you understand the issues better, find creative ways to be active in bringing a solution in the light of the Gospel. This is our Christian social responsibility,” the letter said.
They also challenged the government officials to be more open to “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.”