Cardinal Tagle calls for 'simple' remembrance of 1986 revolt

Philippines marks 31st anniversary of 'People Power' revolution that ousted Marcos
Cardinal Tagle calls for 'simple' remembrance of 1986 revolt

Filipino nuns join celebrations to mark 30th anniversary of the 1986 peaceful uprising in Manila in this 2016 photo. (Photo by Angie de Silva)


Philippines
February 27, 2017
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila called on parishes in the archdiocese to hold a "simple commemoration" of the 31st anniversary of the 1986 People Power revolution on Feb. 25.
 
In a circular dated Feb. 23, the Manila prelate urged the clergy and Catholic communities around the Philippine capital to organize "public prayer events" such as processions, rosary rallies, and prayer worship.
 
The cardinal suggested incorporating "the examination of personal and communal consciences, formation of conscience and repentance" through confessions and penitentiary services during the celebration.
 
"We give every parish the freedom to plan and organize its commemoration with simplicity but depth. What is important is the space offered for a religious experience that could transform our parishioners on the ground," said Cardinal Tagle.
 
The prelate said the Filipino people "showed the power of prayer that begets courage that begets solidarity that begets change" during the peaceful uprising that ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
 
"Thirty-one years later we thank God for the gift of faith, as we also ask pardon for our personal and communal failure in consistently living that faith in justice, love and peace," said Cardinal Tagle.
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