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Prayer for peace

The Catholic Church in the Philippines will join other countries in praying and fasting for peace in Syria. Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said they already disseminated the Pope’s appeal for prayer and fasting in all masses in his diocese.

For his part, Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo said he is also going to issue the same directive in his archdiocese. Meanwhile, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said this should still be a concern of Filipinos especially since there are also overseas Filipino workers there. Pabillo, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines National Secretariat for Social Action, said this is also the reason why he is against any kind of violence. (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)