By Christina Hermoso
“Please continue to pray for Mindanao, especially the areas affected by the series of earthquakes,” the rector of the Kidapawan Cathedral appealed to the faithful amid the series of earthquakes in Mindanao.
Fr. Desiderio Balatero Jr., rector of the Our Lady Mediatrix of all Grace Cathedral, also known as the Kidapawan Cathedral, appealed to the faithful to pray especially for the victims and survivors of the earthquakes in Central Mindanao particularly in Kidapawan, North Cotabato, Davao, and Digos City.
“The residents are in a ‘state of worry. Many were traumatized, in a daze, fidgety as we continue to experience aftershocks. We do not anymore know if these were aftershocks or an earthquake. Thus, we continue to appeal for prayers for the island of Mindanao, especially Regions XI and XII, the Diocese of Kidapawan, Archdiocese of Davao, Cotabato, and Marbel, the hardest hit areas in the region,” Balatero said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
The priest said, no structural damage has been observed in Kidapawan Cathedral.
“So far, the cathedral is intact and we continue the celebration of the sacraments especially holy masses. We need to offer more holy masses at these times,” he said.
“That has been the scenario here for now, you see residents milling about, very fearful. Many buildings have shown signs of damage after the series of tremors,” Balatero added.
The priest, likewise, expressed his gratitude for the assistance provided by kind-hearted individuals and concerned agencies.
“We would like to thank Caritas Manila for the assistance and the different groups that have been sending help,” Balatero said.
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, as well as Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, earlier called on the faithful “to pray for Mindanao and to provide assistance and support for the victims and survivors.”