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Declaration of Novena of Prayer and Charity for Typhoon and Earthquake victims

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To my brother bishops and priests, brothers and sisters in Christ:

In the midst of the gloom, uncertainty and grief that has beset our countrymen due to the devastation wrought by typhoon Yolanda, we bring you our message of hope. The typhoon was the strongest in the world according to the reckoning of scientists, but our faith in the Lord is even stronger. No typhoon or flood can diminish the strength of the Filipino soul. No calamity or natural devastation can quench the fire of our hope. The Filipino soul is stronger than Yolanda.

In this moment of national calamity, we turn to the Lord as we have always done for the past four hundred years. We turn to the Lord and cling to him and beg Him to stay by the people who call on His mighty name.

The whole Catholic Church in the Philippines declares a NOVENA OF PRAYER AND CHARITY from November 11 to 19, 2013 for the victims of typhoon Yolanda this week and the earthquake in Central Philippines just a few weeks ago. We will offer all our Masses and prayers for the dead and the grieving families they left behind. I encourage all our bishops and priests to conduct a charity fund collection within the same week and transmit them in the fastest possible way to the brother bishops in the calamity stricken provinces.

Paraphrasing the Apostle Paul “Earthquake where is your victory! Typhoon where is your sting! Our hope is in the Lord and we shall overcome because love is stronger than typhoons and earthquakes and death!

Given at the CBCP Headquarters, Intramuros, Manila this 10th day of November 2013.

 

JOSE S. PALMA, DD

Archbishop of Cebu

CBCP President

 

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3 Responses to Declaration of Novena of Prayer and Charity for Typhoon and Earthquake victims

  1. I have been watching footages of the aftermath of Yolanda in the past four days. I am still waiting to see the presence of the Catholic clergy amidst the suffering and devastation. Where are the priests who will bless the dead and console the living?

    Veronica Villegas
    November 12, 2013 at 11:23 am
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  2. Sa isang Kristiyanong bansang tulad natin, dapat sana;y banayad lang ang pagpalo ng Diyos sa kanyang mga Anak.

    Masyado ng abala sa napakaraming bagay ang mga tao. Wala na ang tunay na Pag-ibig sa Diyos. Bihira na ang mga magulang na nagtuturo upang ilapit ang mga anak sa Diyos. Iilan na lamng ng nakakaalam ng layunin at halaga ng buhay.

    Panahon na upang ang Simbaha’y mag sampung ibayo ng pagsisikap upang
    ipa abot ang Pag-ibig ng Diyos sa kanyang bayan. Ang mga tinig sa pulpito sana’y maging abot kamay ng bawa’t pamilya.

    Oras na para ang mga pari, relihiyoso, katekista at mga mangagawa ng Diyosna lumabas at humaplos sa likod ng mga nagdurusa.

    Pagpalain nawa ng Panginoong Diyos ang ating bayan at gabayan tayo
    ng ating Inang Birheng Maria….

    Emil Reprado
    November 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm
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  3. HUWAG NAWANG AKALAIN NG ATING MGA KAPATID NA SILA AY PINABAYAAN NG DIYOS SA PANAHON NG PAGSUBOK.MAHAL NA MAHAL TAYO NG DIYOS.PATULOY PA NIYANG IPINAPAKITA ANG KANYANG PAG IBIG AT AWA.NANDYAN SIYANG KAPILING NATIN,HANDA TAYONG TULUNGAN.IPAKITA NATIN ANG PAGMAMAHAL NG DIYOS SA MGA KAPATID NATING NASALANTA.ONLY IN JESUS’ LOVE WE CAN HEAL THE WORLD’S PAINS.

    JOSHUA MARIANO
    November 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm
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