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Cardinal Tagle urges all Manila parishes to mark EDSA anniversary

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle speaks during the “Walk for Life” at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Feb. 18, 2017. (Analyn Perucho/CBCPNews)

MANILA, Feb. 24, 2017— In an unprecedented move, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has called on all parishes in the Manila archdiocese to mark the EDSA People Power anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 25.’

He said the event should be done with “simplicity but deep” and coupled with public prayer events such as processions, rosary rallies, prayer worship, among others.

“What is important is the space offered for a religious experience that could transform our parishioners on the ground,” Tagle said.

He encouraged parish priests to incorporate the examination of persona and communal consciences, formation of conscience and repentance.

“Confessions and penitentiary services are also appropriate,” he said.

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This is the first time in recent years that all parishes in Manila are urged to organize events to mark the  1986 peaceful mass uprising that overthrew the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

For several years, the commemorations were only held at the Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace, or more popularly, the EDSA Shrine.

Just like any “great event”, according to Tagle, the people power revolt has many aspects with various levels of meaning.

“For us in the Church, it was an event of people relying on their faith for social transformation,” he added.

“In full view of the world, the Filipino people showed the power of prayer that begets courage that begets solidarity that begets change.”

“Thirty-one years later we thank God for the gift of faith, as we also ask pardon for our personal and communal failure in consistently living that faith in justice, love and peace,” he said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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