The Roman Catholic Church urges everyone to join EDSA procession for the victims of extrajudicial killings

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas ©

THE Roman Catholic Church on Thursday urged the Filipino people to join in the one-kilometer procession on November 5 from EDSA Shrine to the People Power Monument to observe the start of the “healing campaign” in the country, which is plagued by death.

In a statement, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Lingayen Archbishop Socrates Villegas invited EVERYONE to participate in the march and prayer for the victims of extrajudicial 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,” Villegas.

Furthermore, the CBCP president said there will be a mass at the EDSA Shrine on November 5, at 3 pm. adding that this 33 day period will prepare us (the clergy) to make our act of consecration to the Immaculate Mother.

We will call this 33-day period as the time to ‘Start the Healing,’” he said.

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 killed,” Villegas pleaded.

The historic EDSA Shrine in Quezon City. Image ©

The CBCP started the “Stop the Killings” campaign on September 23 and is scheduled to last until November 1, during which every faithful are asked to light a candle and pray the rosary everyday. Church bells nationwide, on the other hand, will be tolled every 8 pm. during that same period.

At the same time, Villegas said the CBCP will designate November 5 as the “Lord Heal our Land Sunday.”

After the mass on November 5, Villegas revealed, the image of Our Lady of Fatima that was brought by devotees to EDSA in the 1986 People Power revolt will be brought in a candlelight procession to the People Power monument, a kilometer away from the EDSA Shrine.

We believe that our national healing, which only the Lord can grant, will come to us through the hands of His mother,” he added.

The Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop also urged priests nationwide to hold masses in the provinces for those who cannot go to EDSA and join the procession.

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