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Filipino Catholics launch campaign to mark baptismal day

A survey has revealed that only 57 percent of Filipino Catholics know the date of their baptism.

ucanews reporter, Manila

ucanews reporter, Manila

Updated: January 13, 2020 09:55 AM GMT
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Filipino Catholics launch campaign to mark baptismal day

Retired Bishop Teodoro Bacani of Novaliches, leads the baptism of 12 infants from poor communities in the Philippine capital on Jan. 12, the Feast of the Lord's Baptism. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

 
 
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A Church-run radio station in the Philippines has launched a nationwide campaign among Catholics to mark their "Holy Birth Day."

In Manila, 12 infants from poor communities in the capital were baptized on Jan. 12, the Feast of the Lord's Baptism, as part of the launch of the activity to promote the celebration of one's baptismal day.

Retired Bishop Teodoro Bacani of Novaliches told parents to remind their children of the date of their baptism.

"Don't forget this day. Remind your child of this day," the bishop told parents of newly baptized children. "This day you were reborn as a son and daughter of God," said Bishop Bacani.

Father Anton Pascual, president of Manila-based Radyo Veritas, a Chruch-run radio station, lamented that only a few Catholics know the date of their baptism.

"Some only bother to get their baptismal certificate because they need it to avail of other sacraments, such as getting married," said the priest.

A survey conducted by the church-run radio station noted that only 57 percent of Catholics know the date of their baptism.

The Veritas Truth Survey also revealed that 32 percent have no idea when they were baptized, with the remaining 11 percent were unsure of their baptismal day.

Father Pascual said the Church is partly to blame for people not understanding the importance of their baptism.

"Maybe the Church didn't emphasize enough, how important it is being the foundation of our entry to salvation," he said.

He said the launching of the observance of the "Holy Birth Day" is part of preparations for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.

"We hope to enliven the consciousness and spiritual life of the faithful through this," said the priest.

He called on Catholics to celebrate the day of their baptism by attending Mass, by going to confession, and by performing acts of mercy.

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