MANILA, March 18, 2011— The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will celebrate the Holy Eucharist next week to recognize the efforts to block the passage of the reproductive health (RH) bill.
Monsignor Juanito Figura, CBCP secretary general, said it would be a Thanksgiving Mass for all the work of pro-life organizations, professionals and the legislators March 23 at 9 a.m. at the Manila Cathedral.
“It is specifically for all the pro-life efforts that we have been able to do so far in defending the sanctity of life,” Figura said.
He said the liturgical activity is the CBCP’s “special way” of thanking the advocates’ effort in promoting the “true welfare” of the Filipinos including the unborn.
“So it’s a way of commending the efforts particularly by our legislators because largely the struggle is in Congress and eventually in the Senate,” he said.
“Now, in this Mass we are exhorting everybody to altogether commend the continuing efforts against the bill to the blessing of the Almighty,” Figura added.
The church official said the Mass will be led by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales with members of the CBCP Permanent Council and other prelates and priests concelebrating.
He said all “pro-lifers” are invited to attend the Mass which will be held ahead of an anti-RH bill rally at the Quirino Grandstand on March 25.
The demonstration will be led by Cardinal Rosales amid a “serious threat” against “the fundamental love of Filipinos for family and life.”
“Being the last country standing against the vicious attacks of power in connivance with lawmakers, we see the urgent need now to stop the attack by the proposed RH bill on our valued culture of life,” said Rosales.
“This orchestration instigated by those against life, local and foreign, has to be stopped. We shall all stand united against the assault on life and its values,” he said. (CBCPNews)
I am pretty sure the Rabid Harlots and the Agents of Death aka Filipino FreeeDumbers will be around to do some heckling.
Well, bring it on!
See you there!