MANILA, Philippines — The Catholic Bishops’ Convention of the Philippines (CBCP) on Thursday introduced that Filipino bishops will be part of Pope Francis in consecrating Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Coronary heart of Mary on March 25.
The CBCP stated this in a round, signed by its president Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, amid the continued invasion of Russia in Ukraine killing 1000’s, and displacing hundreds of thousands.
David stated that “with Russia’s sudden shift to an expansionist geopolitical coverage,” folks can solely hope that the nation’s transfer doesn’t encourage any of its allies from doing the identical factor.
He additionally stated that whereas Europe is much from the Philippines, “we now have each purpose to be apprehensive about these international developments.”
“We’re acutely aware of the truth that, in simply the previous few years, the peace and safety of a few of our personal nationwide territories have been amongst our main home issues, particularly within the West Philippine Sea, the place an ally of Russia has already arrange its personal navy installations, regardless of all our protestations,” stated David.
“That is now turning out to be the extra essential international context that ought to decide the way in which we are going to select a brand new set of leaders for our nation within the coming elections. This too we should pray very onerous for,” he added.
The Philippines has been in a long-running maritime dispute with China. which is asserting its expansive declare over the South China Sea that features the West Philippine Sea.
In July 2016, the Philippines received its case in opposition to China earlier than the Worldwide Everlasting Courtroom of Arbitration (IPCA) in The Hague.
However China has been refusing to acknowledge the historic ruling, repeatedly trespassing Philippine territorial waters.
“In view of this, we, your bishops, have determined to hitch the Holy Father, Pope Francis, in consecrating Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Coronary heart of Mary on March 25, 2022, Friday, Solemnity of the Annunciation,” stated David.
The Pope earlier introduced that he’ll consecrate each Ukraine and Russia to Mary throughout a penitential prayer service at Saint Peter’s Basilica, in response to a request despatched to him by Ukrainian Catholic Bishops on March 2.
The chosen date, March 25, additionally coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.
In the meantime, “as an act of solidarity with the struggling folks of Ukraine,” the CBCP’s Everlasting Council additionally introduced that there can be a particular second assortment to be held in all church buildings on Sunday, March 20.
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