Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan called on Filipinos to pray the rosary for the success of the country's national elections in May. "It is by the power of the rosary that we can stop the evil of election violence and cheating," said Archbishop Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, "By the power of the rosary, we can win the battle for peaceful and credible elections," he said in a statement. "By the power of the rosary, we can fight stubbornness, cynicism, and stupidity in making our choices." During the 2013 midterm elections, the prelate also issued pastoral guidelines for voters, reminding them about the importance of prayer.
"Our best contribution is to pray that the Lord of history guide every voter and guide every candidate," said Archbishop Villegas. "It is God who can give us the best leaders for the good of everyone," he said. The prelate urged the faithful to pray all the mysteries of the rosary until election day on May 9. "Pray as a family, pray while traveling, pray in the offices or factories, pray everywhere for our national elections," said Villegas.
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