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Manila bishops urge Catholics to pray the rosary from April 30 to Election Day

“Let us again turn to our Blessed Mother and ask her intercession to help us vote what God desires for us,” said Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila

Church leaders in the the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila called on Catholics to unite spiritually and to pray the rosary for the May 9 national elections.

In a pastoral statement, the bishops of Manila invited the faithful to recite the Marian prayer as families and communities from April 30, feast of St. Pope Pius V, to May 9, Election Day.

The Church leaders said that with God there is nothing to fear despite the “enemy’s daunting use of fake news, trolls, and distorted history.”



“Let us again turn to our Blessed Mother and ask her intercession to help us vote what God desires for us,” read part of the letter signed by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila.

The bishops called on voters to choose candidates who will promote the common good and care for the “poor” and “marginalized.”

They also called for prayers for the Commission on Elections so that it may accomplish its mission to conduct an efficient, fair, and honest election.

Meanwhile, the Church-Workers Solidarity called on voters to consider the labor agenda of candidates as one of the major factors in choosing whom to vote for.

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“Voters must consider candidates that prioritize and advance the labor agenda,” said its chairperson, Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, in his message for this year’s observance of Labor Day on May 1.

The bishop also called on future leaders to remain steadfast in their promise of protecting the rights of workers.

He noted that the practice of “contractualization” remains in the country despite bold promises of candidates in past elections to abolish it.

Contractualization undermines job security which further results in massive unemployment, said the bishop.

“They must immediately scrap anti-labor laws that perpetuate oppression and exploitation and craft more laws that promote and protect the rights and dignity of workers,” said Bishop Alminaza.

“We will continue to remain vigilant, especially after the election period in demanding pro-labor policies,” said the bishop.

“We hope and pray that our future leaders will bring about genuine societal change; one that would benefit the least of our brothers and sisters in society,” he added.

The Philippine Statistics Authority reported a 6.4 percent unemployment rate in February that roughly translates to about three million jobless Filipinos. – from news reports on CBCP News

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