Zamboanga Archdiocese to observe 40 days of prayer, fasting, penance – Manila Bulletin


Bishop Moises Cuevas (Photo from the Manila Bulletin file)

The Archdiocese of Zamboanga invites the faithful to join the Archdiocese’s observance of 40 days of prayer, fasting and penance for the end of the pandemic.

The Archdiocese of Zamboanga, Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Moises Cuevas, called on the faithful to unite in prayer to seek God’s mercy for the end of the health crisis.

“I would like to renew my invitation to the people of God of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga to be united in these forty days of prayer, fasting and penance from October 13 to November 22, for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic and in solidarity with those who suffer the most ”, declared Mgr Cuevas on Radio Veritas.

The Archdiocese’s initiative follows a circular issued by the Philippine Catholic Bishops’ Conference, The Love of Christ Obliges Us, signed by the President of the CBCP, the Archbishop of Davao Romulo Valles, which cited the importance of prayer and compassion.

“In these days of fervent prayer, I encourage the faithful of the Archdiocese to pray the Holy Rosary at 8 p.m. in the church, in the chapel, in family at home, in religious community, in group or in organization” , said Bishop Cuevas.

The head of the Church also urged the faithful to fast and offer sacrifices “for the greater good.”

“To better prepare ourselves to be in communion with God in prayer, I recommend fasting. As mentioned in our Archdiocesan Catechesis and our introduction to fasting, it can take many forms such as depriving oneself of technology, recreation, smoking, drinking, but food must be considered with the utmost care because food is the most basic like air or water. It is a form of deprivation of the good for a greater good, ”he stressed.

In addition to the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, the Archdiocese of Manila and the Dioceses of Tarlac, Borongan, Catarman and Maasin also observed a day of prayer, fasting and penance to pray for the end of the pandemic.

Bishop Cuevas was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Zamboanga in March 2020. Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese in August after Archbishop Romulo Dela Cruz went on leave for health reasons.



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