Davao’s Protestant leaders pray for Pope

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DAVAO City, Jan. 15, 2015—Protestant leaders in Davao have joined in praying for Pope Francis, who has just started his apostolic visit to the Philippines, after arriving at the Villamor Airbase earlier today at a little before 5:30 p.m., earlier than expected.

 Fr. Pedro Lamata, parish priest of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish, and Protestant leaders gather to pray for the Holy Father’s apostolic and state visit to the country, Jan. 14, 2015. (Photo: John Frances C. Fuentes)


Fr. Pedro Lamata, parish priest of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish, and Protestant leaders gather to pray for the Holy Father’s apostolic and state visit to the country, Jan. 14, 2015. (Photo: John Frances C. Fuentes)

Protestant leaders, headed by Bishop Jamuel Tequis of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and some pastors joined in the celebration to pray for the safety of Pope Francis during the Holy Mass at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in Malvar, Davao City on Jan. 14

“I hope the visit of Pope Francis will assure us to have that fellowship with Catholics and Protestants,” Tequis said.

“The Pope’s message of mercy and compassion will not be in vain despite the conflicts and calamities in the country,” he added.

Fr. Pedro Lamata, who is the co-convenor of the Imams-Pastors-Priests Forum (IPPF) in the Archdiocese of Davao said Catholics should pray for Pope Francis.

According to him, prayer is a way of expressing solidarity with the Church, even if they do not get to personally see him.

Lamata added that people should be updated about what is happening, while the pope is here in the Philippines, encouraging them to watch live broadcasts or follow social media updates from online sites that are covering the pope’s apostolic and state visit.

Tequis and Lamata both expressed happiness that they were able to gather religious leaders to pray together for the head of the Catholic Church. (John Frances Fuentes/CBCP News)

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