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Lord Heal Our Land

MANILA (SE): “The killings continue to rise. The divisions seem to widen even more. The indifference to the violations of the commandments of God is spreading. We must not give up,” the president of the bishops’ conference, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, said in issuing a prayer to be said at all Masses on August 25.

He called the support given to the wholesale murder taking place in the country by the chief of the Philippine police, Ronald Dela Rosa, an affront to the nation. Dela Rosa called on drug users to kill traffickers and burn their homes.

“Why don’t you give them a visit, pour gasoline on their homes and set these on fire to register your anger,” Dela Rosa said.

“They’re all enjoying your money, money that destroyed your brain. You know who the drug lords are. Would you like to kill them? Go ahead. Killing them is allowed because you are the victim.”

On June 28, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of The Philippines issued an appeal to the armed forces and national security agencies, asking them to uphold the law in the land.

Archbishop Villegas has issued a prayer for the healing of the nation, calling for unity, a solution to crime and corruption, and compassion for those who have died in the present purge.

Schools in his archdiocese will recite the prayer every day up to September 7.

Titled, Lord Heal Our Land, the prayer was released in three languages; English, Pangasinense and Tagalog.

“We trust in the mercy of God to answer our prayers for healing when we celebrate the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” Archbishop Villegas said.

“Believe in miracles and the power of a praying people. When we pray together, we are strong with the strength of God,” he concluded.

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