Church calls faithful to Aug. 4 prayer rally vs. RH bill
MANILA, July 30, 2012–The Catholic Church is calling on all the faithful to stand up and express their opposition to the reproductive health (RH) bill by gathering at the EDSA Shrine on Saturday, August 4, for the “Prayer Power Rally against the RH Bill.”
Organized by the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) together with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila, the gathering – which takes place from 1:00-7:00pm – is expected to draw thousands, as strong opposition to the contentious measure has continued to grow among faith-based groups, youth organizations, family and life advocates, and concerned citizens.
The event takes place three days before the expected August 7 “judgment day” of the RH bill at the House of Representatives, when solons vote whether or not to terminate interpellations on the measure.
According to ECFL Chairman Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes, “this is a moral issue and therefore this event will not be a political rally but a prayer rally focused on praying for the non-passage of the [RH bill].”
Participants are enjoined to wear red — the Church’s symbol of martyrdom – and to bring religious images, rosaries and candles to the event, which will include dynamic presentations and music besides rousing speeches that will shed more light on — and show the beauty and vitality of – an authentic culture of life.
A Holy Mass will be offered at 5:00.
The prelate has also requested for the daily recitation of the Angelus at 6:00 pm in every home and parish during these days leading up to next week’s crucial vote.
In a radio interview today, CBCP President Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma referred to the prayer rally as “a demonstration of our sentiments and our advocacy for life.”
“Let us show that what we believe in is for the common good,” he added. (CBCP for Life)