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Beware bogus priests, bishop says
False priests seek donations on All Souls' and All Saints' DayFilipinos spend a night or two in cemeteries to mark All Souls' Day
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- October 30, 2012
"Donâ€™t be deceived by people who offer to bless graves, pretending that they are priestsâ€¦ unless of course you know them," Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Tagbilaran wrote in an article posted on the bishops' conference website.
Bogus priests roam cemeteries during these days asking for donations in exchange for their blessings,Â he wrote.
He suggested people ask priests for their celebret, a letter from a bishop or religious superior confirming that the bearer is a priest, before asking for blessings.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen earlier reminded the clergy against "commercializing" theÂ sacraments during the observance of All Souls' Day and All Saints' Day, known as Undas in the Philippines.
"It is prohibited to collect any donations for individual blessing of graves. It is prohibited to conduct â€˜special blessing of gravesâ€™ for friends of priests and benefactors of the Church over the October 31 to November 2 period," the archbishop Â said.
The observance of Undas, from the Spanish andas, or Day of the Dead, has become a major family affair in the Philippines, a tradition introduced by early Spanish friars.
On November 1 and 2, which are public holidays, tombs are cleaned or repainted, candles are lit and flowers are offered.
Filipino families camp in cemeteries and spend a night or two near their relatives' tombs, playing card games, eating, drinking, singing and dancing.