Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila urged the faithful to form “circles of discernment” ahead of next year’s Philippine national elections.
“I suggest that we form ‘circles of discernment’ so that we can listen and follow the will of God,” said the prelate in an interview over Church-run Veritas 846.
“I also pray that we go into a serious study of the programs and platforms of each candidate,” he said, adding that it would be good to review history and learn from it.
The cardinal urged the faithful to look at Christ as the center of their lives as the Catholic Church celebrates on November 21 the Feast of Christ the King.
“Let us put Christ the King in all aspects of our live, in our community, church, homes, government, politics, economics, and culture,” said Cardinal Advincula in the radio interview.
He said the national elections next year is an important part of the life of the community. He reminded everyone of their responsibility as voters to elect the right leaders.
“I pray that respect for human dignity, the common good, social justice and societal charity, and preferential option for the poor will prevail in our society,” said Cardinal Advincula.
In September, Radio Veritas launched “1Godly Vote,” a campaign to educate voters by analyzing issues that affect them, including where politicians stand.
Radio Veritas is a commercial Roman Catholic radio station owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Manila under the Global Broadcasting System.
The “1Godly Vote” campaign will be held on different media platforms to deliver information such as candidates’ stands on issues, support for existing policies, and the advantages or disadvantages of legislated laws.