MANILA – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Wednesday urged clergy members to mark May 14 as a day of prayer and fasting amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis.
In a circular, CBCP secretary general Fr. Marvin Mejia also asked bishops and diocesan administrators to invite the faithful to join the religious event.
“In this regard, the CBCP Permanent Council requests you to invite all men and women believers in God, the All-Creator, to join in the said appeal in whatever available means of communication currently at your disposal,” Mejia said.
Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo, meanwhile, asked the people to join the prayer with acts of charity.
“I invite everyone to extend material help to at least one person within your reach, no matter the amount, to make that person feel the care we have for each other. This is a very concrete sign of common activity of all religions since prayer, fasting, and acts of love are common to all, and we are all affected by this pandemic,” Pabillo said in an article posted on the CBCP news website.
The initial proposal for the day of prayer came from the High Committee for the Human Fraternity, which was formed after Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar signed a document on “human fraternity” in 2019.
Earlier this month, the Holy Father invited people to join the inter-religious prayer on May 14 for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. (ia/PNA)