Church to lead ‘penitential walk’ for protection

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MANILA, April 15, 2014— The Archdiocese of Manila will lead a seven-kilometer penitential walk for the country’s safety from future calamities on Good Friday, April 18.

Organized by the archdiocese’s broadcast stations, TV Maria and Radio Veritas, the “Via Crucis for Good Weather” will start from San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay City to the Manila Cathedral.

The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called on the faithful to offer prayers and sacrifice for the country’s protection against environmental disasters.

“We are encouraging Catholics to offer prayers and penitential sacrifices for the safety of the country from different calamities and accidents this year,” said Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president.

In the past year, many provinces suffered from a series of natural calamities that devastated the country.

Some bishops who are expected to join the penitential walk are Batanes Bishop Camilo Gregorio of Batanes; Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles; Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco and Manila Auxiliary Bishop Bernardino Cortez.

“Everyone is invited to join us. Just go to the venue. There is no need to pre-register for this event,” said Radio Veritas president Fr. Anton Pascual.

According to him, participants from the 500 parishes in Metro Manila are expected to join the event, which starts at 5 a.m.

The Via Crucis is end at about 10 a.m. at the Manila Cathedral, where Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will be giving his reflection and final blessing. (CBCPNews)


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