Villegas continues to urge faithful to share, support, help rebuild Marawi

Published March 23, 2018, 11:59 AM

by Francine Ciasico

By Christina Hermoso

A Catholic Church leader continues to call on the faithful to share, support, and help rebuild war-torn Marawi.

Lingayen-Dagupan (Pangasinan) Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, president of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines, appeals to the faithful with generous hearts to support the rebuilding of Marawi City.

MB FILE -- Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)
Archbishop Socrates Villegas (Credits: Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin file photo)

“Prayer and charity must go hand in hand. Let our prayer bear fruit in charity. Let charity be shown by giving. Let us donate for the reconstruction of Marawi. Every centavo, every peso, every gift will count,” Villegas said.

ACN Philippines officially launched yesterday its partnership with ‘Duyog Marawi,’ the social action arm of the Prelature of Marawi, to provide more assistance to the city. ‘Duyog’ is a Visayan term which means ‘”in solidarity with.”

An initiative of the prelature and the Redemptorist missionaries in partnership with Caritas Philippines, ‘Duyog Marawi’ will provide assistance in rehabilitation, trauma healing, psychological intervention, and peace-building.

“Let ‘Duyog Marawi’ be our common pledge to sow peace and plant seeds of compassion everywhere,” Villegas said in a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) News post.

“With concerted effort, “the former president of the CBCP said, “the country can rebuild the homes in Marawi into true homes of peace. We can rebuild the bombed cathedral and mosque of Marawi so we can worship God again in peace and prosperity, Christians and Moslems as brothers and sisters,” he added.

The archbishop prayed that the war in Marawi will be the last in the country.

“Wars are born from hearts that are cold and unforgiving. Conflicts arise when we lose sight of our common destiny which is eternal peace in heaven. War, never again. Let the war in Marawi be the last,” Villegas stressed.