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Get addicted to Christ not to Pokémon – bishop to youth

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Malaybalay Bishop Jose Cabantan (Photo taken from his Facebook account)

MANILA, Aug. 20, 2016– A Catholic bishop has reminded the young faithful, it is better to be addicted to God than to be addicted to games like Pokémon Go.

“Addiction has many forms and we should be aware of that so we can focus our life to what is essential. Strive to be ‘addicted to Christ’ than to be addicted with those objects that keeps us away from the Lord, the source of life,” said Malaybalay Bishop Jose Cabantan over Radio Veritas.

The prelate said it is better to be addicted to God rather than be hooked on different things like Pokémon Go which could make them feel distant towards God.

He advised the faithful to avoid the Pokémon Go addiction so they can focus on important matters that can further develop their life.
Cabantan also added the Church is a place for praying and worshiping and not for playing.

“Church is a place of prayer not for players,” stressed the prelate.

In Quezon City, Councilor Allan Butch Francisco on Thursday filed a resolution seeking to ban the game in schools, churches, and government offices in the city.

Francisco also asked game developer Niantic Inc. not to install PokéStops and lure spots in inappropriate areas “for reasons of public safety and human decency.”

Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Andriod devices that was initially released in selected countries in July 2016. (Glenn Figuracion/CBCPNews)


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