MANILA, August 10, 2012 – With the sun shining on most parts of Metro Manila, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Archbishop Jose Palma called on the faithful to celebrate Holy Mass on August 13, Monday, for the intentions of the ‘habagat’ rain victims and the non-passage of the reproductive health (RH) bill.
The Eucharistic celebration will be held at St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, at 7:00 pm.
The prelate coursed the invitation through Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) Chairman Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes, particularly calling on family and life groups to be there.
Palma specifically mentioned the Mass would be for the “enlightenment of the Executive and Legislative Branches of Government for the non-passage of the RH Bill,” as well as for the victims of the intense rain and flooding that has affected Metro Manila and nearby provinces since Monday.
According to reports, at least 60 people have died because of the destruction brought by the southwest monsoon.
The House of Representatives on Monday voted to end the period of interpellations on the controversial RH Bill, which has been met with growing opposition due to a P13.7 billion budget earmarked primarily for taxpayer-funded procurement and distribution of contraceptives — regardless of the taxpayer’s moral convictions – and a six-year comprehensive sex education program for all schools from Grade 5 to 2nd Year high school. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz)