THE Catholic Church will launch a “heal the nation” campaign aimed at praying for peace amid the spate
of killings in the country.
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Socrates Villegas said the
campaign will run from November 5 until December 8.
Villegas said the “Lord Heal Our Land Sunday” on November 5 will start another month-long
period of praying for victims of extrajudicial killings as a result of the government’s bloody anti-
Catholic bishops are inviting Catholics to attend the Holy Mass at the Edsa Shrine at 3 p.m.,
the hour of the Divine Mercy.
After the Mass, a candlelight procession will be held to the People Power Monument, a kilometer
away from the Shrine.
The Church enlisted of Our Lady of Fatima in the campaign, and will be using an image that was
brought by devotees to Edsa in the peaceful 1986 “people power” revolt.
Villegas said the invitation is open to everybody including politicians, the police and
He also appealed to priests to hold “Lord Heal Our Land Sunday” Masses in the provinces for
those who cannot go to the Edsa Shrine that day.
The CBCP has earlier declared Sept. 23 to Nov. 1 as a season of mourning and prayers for the
victims of the “spreading culture of killings.”
The message of the 40-day period was to “stop the killings,” as bishops called for daily
rosary, church bell ringing and candle lighting every
8 p.m. Mia B. Billones