Thousands of Filipino Catholics are expected to join a religious procession to call for “national healing” that will be held in a major thoroughfare in Manila on Nov. 5. A statement from the Bishops Conference of the Philippines said the event will be a “prayerful gathering for the healing of the nation.”
The country’s bishops declared Nov. 5 as “Lord Heal Our Land Sunday” that is highlighted by the procession on Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, site of the 1986 “people power” revolution. An image of the Our Lady of Fatima, which was brought by devotees during the revolt that toppled the 20-year rule of Ferdinand Marcos, will be carried in next week’s procession.
Abp Socrates Villegas, president of the bishops’ conference, said the activity is not meant to encourage attempts to destabilize the government.
“We ask the Lord for healing of our land, healing of our people so we can move forward in peace, in prosperity, for all,” said the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. “Healing does not mean turning a blind eye but being conscious to what is happening in our societies and owning to our mistakes,” added the prelate. He said the “signs of the times” is calling Filipinos back to God’s fold because “we turned our back to God.”