Catholic priest: Declaring the feast of Mary a holiday is ‘cause for joy’

Published August 14, 2019, 5:18 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Leslie Ann Aquino

A Catholic priest on Wednesday welcomed President Duterte’s signing of a law declaring September 8 of every year, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a national special working holiday in the entire country.

Fr. Melvin Castro (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Fr. Melvin Castro

Father Melvin Castro of the Diocese of Tarlac said the declaration is a “cause of joy.”

“It is certainly a cause of joy that the Government and State recognizes the importance of religious and spiritual celebrations,” he said in an interview.

A Marian devotee, the priest expressed hope that the celebration will inspire many to “emulate” Mary.

“It is our hope and prayer that such celebrations inspire our people to emulate and imitate the virtues of Our Lady,” said Castro.

Duterte signed Republic Act 11370 containing the declaration August 8.

To note, Duterte also signed RA 10966 declaring December 8 of every year a special non-working holiday to commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in 2017.

Read more: Sept. 8 now a special working holiday