MANILA, Nov. 15, 2013—In the wake of the devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda in the city of Tacloban and nearby provinces an initial 3,000 rosaries will be sent to Tacloban to fill the spiritual necessities of those affected by the killer typhoon.
The prayer support network of the pro-life movement ‘Rosary for Life’ donated to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines an initial 3,000 rosaries for Tacloban to help uplift the spiritual morale of the devastated people in the city.
“We know that through prayers somehow we will survive as a people and persevere in life. The primacy of the spiritual dimension in our lives must be emphasized to our people. We, of course know that the physical necessities of life are important but also important is the spiritual side of the people in this recent calamity. We are making these rosaries available to people to help them pray in this time of trial and tragedy,” said William Lorenzo, the communication officer of Rosaries for Life.
Lorenzo added, that they will also provide prayers and possibly visit the areas to help rehabilitate the Catholic spirituality of the people of Tacloban. The donation was made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Betty Roxas-Chua who vowed to send the next batch to Samar, another badly hit province of typhoon Yolanda.
Rosary for Life was founded in 1992 by Mrs. Winifred Powers of New York as a prayer support group to stop massive depopulation through abortion and contraception. It has then spread to 27 other countries, including the Philippines.
In a separate occasion, incoming CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan reiterated the call ‘to help one another’ adding that ‘those who want to help must help together.’
Villegas also invited Catholics for a national three-minute of silence all over the nation slated on November 23, at 6:00 p.m.
“Prayer works. We cannot rebuild our nation without God. We cannot rebuild without prayer,” he emphasized. (Raymond Bandril)