The papal nuncio to the Philippines reminded Filipino Catholics on Easter Sunday to be “people of truth” amid the spread of lies and disinformation in the country.
Archbishop Charles Brown said that as Christians “we need to speak the truth” and “beware of fake news, falsehoods, distortions and manipulations.”
In his homily aired on Radio Veritas 846 on Easter Sunday, the prelate urged everyone to say only the truth every time they speak.
“We need to be people of truth. We need to speak the truth …. We need to celebrate the feast with sincerity and truth,” said Archbishop Brown.
He said “everything said should be true. We need to love the truth. We need to speak the truth.” He added that he is not saying that all truthful things need to be stated publicly.
“There are certain things that are true that we are not able to say. What do we call them? We call them secrets,” said the archbishop.
“If we cannot speak what is true, we have to remain silent,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte called on Filipinos to “have faith in each other” and to “stand brave and united in our journey as a people” in his own Easter message.
The president said Filipinos have remained “strong and resilient” in the challenges they confronted over the past years because “we hold firm to the promise of salvation as professed by Jesus Christ.”
“The fulfillment of the Resurrection of the Lord therefore gives us hope and courage to never falter no matter how overwhelming the odds seemingly are,” he said.
“May this occasion give us much reason to thank the Almighty and have faith — in each other and in the Lord — so that we may stand brave and united in our journey as a people,” said Duterte.
He urged Filipinos to be “hopeful of better days” and to continue to work for a brighter future.
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