By Leslie Ann Aquino
Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo said Sunday that Pope Francis is calling on the faithful to participate in the day of prayer, fasting, and act of charity on Thursday, May 14, by extending material help to at least one person in need.
“I ask our faithful in the Archdiocese to fully participate in this activity,” Pabillo said in his pastoral instruction.
“To make our act of charity concrete, I invite everyone to extend material help to at least one person within your reach, no matter the amount, to make that person feel the care we have for each other,” he added.
Pabillo said Pope Francis issued the call to implore the Almighty to end the coronavirus pandemic.
The activity will be participated in, not only by Christians, but by all religions, Pabillo said.
He said the activity is also in line with the church’s observance of the “Year of Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue.”
“Being in the Year of Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue, this is a very concrete sign of common activity of all religions since prayer, fasting, and acts of love are common to all, and we are all affected by this pandemic,” Pabillo said.
“May this sign of unity among us draw us all to the one source of all goodness,” he added.