CBCP urges public to join ‘national healing’ march at EDSA next month

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MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is calling on the public to participate in the planned “Lord Heal Our Land Sunday” procession in EDSA set on November 5.

The event will be the start of another month-long period of prayers for the victims of the so-called extra-judicial killings (EJK), according to CBCP News.

 Earlier, the CBCP declared Sept. 23 to Nov. 1 as a” season of mourning and prayers” for the victims of the “spreading culture of killings”.

“I am inviting you and the communities with you to participate in the second phase of this period of praying for the victims of extrajudicial killings. We will start on November 5 until December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception,” said CBCP President and Lingayen Archbishop Socrates Villegas in a statement.

The activity will start with a mass at the EDSA Shrine at 3:00 pm followed by a candlelight to be held up to the People Power Monument.

Villegas said the “national healing walk” will be open to everybody, including politicians, military and the police. The archbishop also appeals to the priests in the provinces to hold ‘Lord Heal Our Land Sunday’ Masses for those who will not be able to go to EDSA.

“Within this 33-day period, we are requested to pray the rosary and receive Holy Communion, if possible every day, for the healing of our bleeding nation and for the peace of the souls of all those k****d,” said Villegas.