MANILA — Amid violence and terrorism, a Catholic bishop called on families to pray together for peace in Mindanao and throughout the country.
Dipolog Bishop Severo Caermare’s urged Catholics families to pray the rosary, seeking the intercession of the Blessed Mother in restoring peace and ending attacks on the family.
“It is my fervent prayer that our Golden Jubilee will lead us to [the] revival of the rosary in Christian families for this is an effective aid in countering the devastating effects of the crisis in the family,” said the prelate.
The prelate made the call in his homily at a Mass to celebrate the diocese’s Golden Jubilee at the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral on Monday, July 31.
“…May we be comforted by the tendencies of a mother and her motherly protection that would lead us to value prayer and the urgent call to conversion,” he said.
He said it’s “providential” that the diocese’s 50th anniversary coincided with the centenary of the Fatima apparitions in which Mary introduced herself as the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
The prelate added that the celebration is also an opportunity for the “greater appreciation of the Eucharist” and for church people to minister to the poor, and lead in the campaign to protect the environment.
“With the spirit of communion it is also our mission to reach out, especially those who are in the peripheries, the unchurched and the youth,” he said. MARIA KATREENA SAGUID/CBCPNews