ILOILO CITY, Feb. 17, 2017– The world’s biggest gathering of Singles for Christ (SFC) opened on Friday with a Mass in solidarity with the Walk for Life in Manila.
More than 5,400 participants from at least 21 countries are currently gathered in Iloilo City for this year’s SFC International Conference.
In his homily, Fr. Randy Doromal of the Jaro Archdiocesan Commission on Family and Life deplored a growing and widespread “culture of death” and urged the young people to witness the sanctity of life.
“We experience deterioration of values and the coming up of different cultures; not culture of life but the culture of death,” said Doromal, who is also the spiritual director of Couples for Christ in Iloilo.
“We meet people who are experiencing hopelessness but Pope Francis reminds us to be more welcoming and accompanying” he said.
The SFC, as a pro-family and pro-life organization, has committed to stand and defend life and it is in events like this that the direction of their ministry is being brought down to the rest of the members through various talks, sharing and workshops.
“We are deliberately including this in our program, we pray the rosary and we have everyday mass offering and praying, not just [for] Walk for Life but also to intercede for our government leaders,” SFC international coordinator Noli Manuel said.
“We, being stewards of this beautiful life that we have we ought to protect it at all times,” he said.
In Manila, thousands of people are expected to attend the “Walk for Life” at the Quirino Grandstand on Saturday.
Organized by the Council of the Laity of the Philippines, the prayer rally aims to dramatize their stand against extrajudicial killings and move to reimpose the death penalty. (Chrixy Paguirigan/CBCPNews)
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