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Filipinos to pray to defeat bill

Church leaders set May 9 to as national protest against birth control

Filipinos to pray to defeat bill
Leaders of various Church and religious groups pray together to show their unity against the reproductive health bill pending in Congress, Manila

May 6, 2011

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Church leaders have earmarked May 9 as a “National Day of Prayer” to press legislators into rejecting the passage of the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill in Congress. 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. PM14115
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