Priests join 'penitential walk’ to implore God's mercy, end COVID-19 pandemic

Priests carry a statue of the crucified Christ during a “penitential walk” from Quiapo Church to Sta. Cruz Church in Manila. (Photo courtesy of Radio Veritas/CBCP) 

 

PASIG CITY, June 3 (PIA) --  To implore God’s mercy for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, around a hundred Catholic priests joined in the recent “penitential walk” for the country’s protection amid global health emergency.

According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the event could be the biggest gathering of the Manila archdiocese’s clergy since the start of the pandemic, the priests braved the heat as they walked the streets in prayer.

Clerics led the way by carrying a statue of the crucified Christ, followed by two bishops and dozens of priests from the archdiocese’s different parishes.

Prior to the procession, they gathered for a communal penitential service led by Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani of Novaliches at the Quiapo Church where they ministered to their fellow priests the sacrament of confession.

From Quiapo, they walked together to the nearby Sta. Cruz Church for a Mass presided over by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of Manila.

In his homily, the prelate said the day was an opportunity for them to “repent, fast and pray.”

We should use this moment to raise our requests to the Lord and any of our sins will be forgiven,” Pabillo said. “With forgiveness, the Lord will give us grace, especially our welfare now during the pandemic.”

The CBCP added that nearly half of the archdiocese’s diocesan priests attended the religious activity. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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