MANILA, Nov. 24, 2015— Thousands of students across Palawan province will take part in a day of prayer on Dec. 2 for the peaceful resolution of disputes in the West Philippine Sea next week.
Organizers of the prayer gathering to held at the Puerto Princesa City’s Sports Complex said it is vital to pray for peace as tensions around the strategic waterways mount.
“It’s going to be a prayer of the rosary and the target is to gather 16,000 participants who are mostly students from different colleges and universities,” Puerto Princesa Bishop Pedro Arigo told Radio Veritas.
He said the gathering also aims to raise awareness among the people about the issue and the current situation in the contested territories, which Beijing refers to as South China Sea.
“The purpose of this is for the people to get involved and to intensify our prayers so we should never lose hope,” the prelate said.
In July this year, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued a mandatory prayer for the faithful to recite for the peaceful resolution of the territorial row between China and the Philippines.
The CBCP also said the “oratio imperata” seeks to guide the country’s leaders who brought the issue before an international forum for arbitration.
The archbishop said that the Oratio Imperata also seeks to guide the country’s leaders, who are currently in The Hague and are tasked to deliver the arguments of the Philippines’ arbitration case against China. (R. Lagarde / CBCPNews)