Filipino Bishops Call for Prayer on Coming Elections
"We exhort everyone to be vigilant, to pray and to offer penance
for this intention. "May the hand of God stop evil from getting
control. We need the Lord's help, without which our best efforts
will come to nothing."
Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of Jaro, President of the bishops' conference
of the Philippines, uttered this statement as the Filipino bishops
are trying to prepare for May 14 national elections. The statement
urges communities and parishes nationwide to organize Holy Hours
of prayer from May 5 to election day.
Contemplative men and women in more than 100 monasteries nationwide
are encouraged to pray for the country, "especially for all
voters, candidates and election officials and workers," said
the bishops' statement.
During his May Day reflections, Archbishop Lagdameo, said that
candidates should prove they are worth the peoples' vote by addressing
the country's labor crisis. Government leaders of the future must
consider the labor condition a priority as the country struggles
Similarly, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales of Manila, issued a statement
urging the lay faithful to take seriously their role as citizens
through active participation in responsible voting.
Cardinal Rosales' statement, read in all churches within the Manila
Archdiocese, called on the clergy and the faithful to vote for candidates
who: love and fear God; are guided by a well-formed conscience and
are thus sensitive to the choice of what is good; live and serve
consistently with moral principles; are honest, nonviolent and compassionate.
"In the past, enormous sufferings resulted from political
ambitions, maneuvers and group adventurism resulting in the country's
poor becoming even poorer," the cardinal lamented.