Priest asks Filipino families to pray for October synod

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Fr. Melvin Castro

MANILA, September 15, 2014–As the Synod on the Family draws nearer, a Catholic priest called on the Filipino families to get involved and support the gathering with prayers.

Father Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said that prayers are necessary as the Vatican will discern on the challenges facing modern families this coming October 5 to 19.

“Truthfulness of the family ang ipagdasal nation dahil sensitive matters ang idi-discuss,” Castro told Church-run Radyo Veritas.

“Ipagdasal natin na hindi tayo sasabay sa agos ng panahon at lipunan at bagkus ay maging matatag ang Simbahan sa pagsunod sa Ebanghelyo na hindi nakakaligtaaan ang pagiging maawain niya doon sa mag-asawang nasa sitwasyon ng difficulties ng divorce at re-marriage,” (“Let us pray that we just don’t drift with the times instead that the Church will remain ever resolute in following the Gospel that is compassionate to couples that are in difficulty due to divorce and re-marriage.) he said.

Castro also asked prayers for the Synod Fathers that they would have the pastoral care “without compromising the evangelical truths”.

More than 250 lay participants, including married couples from around the world, are expected to attend the Synod aside from the 114 presidents of bishops’ conferences, 13 heads of Eastern Catholic churches, and 25 heads of Vatican congregations.

Castro said at least five Filipinos including three laypeople will attend the gathering with the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization”.

The delegation will be led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, who part of the synod’s ordinary council and also one of the three delegate presidents of the assembly, and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President.

Among those who will serve as observers appointed by the pope include Mr. and Mrs. George Campos of the Couples for Christ Global and Bro. Frank Padilla of the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life. (CBCPNews)

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