Cardinal Tagle stops prayer for rain

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MANILA, June 19, 2014— Now that the rainy season has started, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle ordered the lifting of the obligatory prayer for rain in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Manila.

Tagle issued an order to the heads of secular institutes, the clergy and the religious in the archdiocese this week, citing the weather bureau’s pronouncement of the end of summer and the start of the rainy season.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (Photo: CBCP News)

“Thanks be to God. The government weather agency has officially declared the start of the rainy season in our country,” Tagle said.

The cardinal issued the prayer for rains, Oration Imperata Ad Petendam Pluviam, last May 18 during what seemed to be a dry spell that could bring about a power and water shortage.

“There are signs that the crisis of water has been averted and nature has given us relief. Our prayers and supplications have been answered,” he said.

Still, he said the faithful should continue to pray “for good weather, for sufficient water for our fields and reservoir, for temperature storms, and safety from devastating floods and winds.”

“This we ask even as we commit ourselves to the care of the environment and to a more responsible attitude and behavior on the use of our natural resources,” Tagle added.

“Let us all be good stewards of the wonderful gifts that our loving God gives us,” he said. (CBCPNews)

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