CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 8 December 2018

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Walk for the life of every person

MANILA (Agencies): Catholic bishops of the Philippines will lead this year’s Walk for Life, scheduled for February 24, to protest the spate of drug-related killings in the country, UCAN reported.
 
Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila said the protest walk will also highlight other anti-life issues such as the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
 
The bishop, whoa heads the Episcopal Commission on the Laity, said a “culture of violence” exists because of the killings and that the pending proposal to reinstate capital punishment in the country contributes to continuing the threats to life.
 
“These life issues are still present that’s why there should be a continuous effort to make our people more conscious and stand up for life,” Bishop Pabillo said.
 
“This walk is for the life of every person who has been a victim of this culture of death,” read a statement from the Council of the Laity of the Philippines.
 
The group said the event is “an act of solidarity ... as Christians stand together to care for our fellow human beings and to ensure that common good and justice must prevail.”
UCAN reported that simultaneous protest marches are slated to be held in other cities of the country. 
 
“This is an opportunity for us to show that we are standing up for life,” Bishop Pabillo said.
 
In March last year, CBCPNews reported that thousands participated in the Walk for Life, with participants joining the Metro Manila event from as for afield as the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Ilocos Norte. 
 
Simultaneous marches also took place in the cities of Davao, Panabo, Digos, Tagum, Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong, General Santos, Buluan, Surigao, Cagayan De Oro, Malaybalay, Pagadian, Zamboanga, Valencia, Isabela and Bayugan, in Mindanao, as well as in several provinces in the Visayas region in the central Philippines.

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