Filipinos to pray to defeat bill
Church leaders set May 9 to as national protest against birth control
Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa said they chose this day because it’s when both the House of Representatives and the Senate resume their regular session.
The archbishop urged the faithful to pray the rosary on that day.
"Let us offer the rosary for the congressmen, senators and President Benigno Aquino so they will be enlightened and choose life,” Archbishop Arguelles said on Church-run Radio Veritas.
In the south, Auxiliary Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo of Cotabato said they have begun a “text brigade” for the prayer day’s success.
He said it is high time the people publicly demonstrated their opposition to the bill.
Bishop Bagaforo said the day of prayer should "manifest our unity" and show everybody that "all sectors of society are against the proposed bill.”
In Agusan Del Sur province, Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos of Butuan said his clergy will also lead a protest action against the passage of the bill on May 9.
He said he will issue a directive to his priests to observe the day of prayer by wearing blue or white shirts or by wearing white ribbons.
“I will call on my people to do this. Let’s storm the heavens with prayers,” he said.
Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon said he hopes the prayers will "enlighten" legislators into making the right choice.
A "novena for life" is also ongoing in the Archdiocese of Manila and will end on May 9 when Congress resumes its session.
Earlier, Catholic bishops urged people to put anti-bill posters and stickers outside their homes, businesses and on cars.
'It might sound unusual to talk about caste as being part of the church but it is the truth of our context'
Chinese security agency created to oversee the persecution of Falun Gong group is among those to be inspected
Filipinos mark 150 years since Redemptorist priests became custodians of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour icon
Myanmar's new term 'Muslims in Rakhine State' is debated and seen as controversial
State government rejects call for prohibition saying consumption is a 'matter of choice'