Pope Fran­cis calls for day of fast­ing, prayer on May 14

Published May 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

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.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (CBCP / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)


“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.