Catholics urged to light candles for elections

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Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan

MANILA, May 6, 2016— Catholics in Pangasinan have been called on to pray the rosary and to light candles outside their homes this Saturday for the upcoming elections.

The call comes from Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan ahead of the synchronized local and national polls on Monday, May 9.

The prelate, in a statement posted on the archdiocese’s Facebook page, urged voters to light candles on any sidewalk outside their homes at 6:00 p.m.

“We pray for light in choosing our leaders,” said Villegas. “Let us all join in prayer that leaders who are faithful to God’s commandments will be elected.”

On April 15, Villegas, who is also the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, encouraged Filipino voters to pray the rosary daily until the Election Day.

Reiterating the “unique importance of prayer for national change,” he said “our best contribution is to pray that the Lord of history guide every voter and guide every candidate.”

“It is God who can enlighten our decisions. It is God who can thwart the plans of evil men and women to destroy social order. It is God who can give us the best leaders for the good of everyone,” Villegas said. (R. Lagarde/CBCPNews) 

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