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Bishops of Ecclesiastical Provinces of Manila release pastoral letter for May 9 Election

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The bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila released a pastoral letter for May 9, 2022 election with the title “Narito ang inyong Ina” (Here is your mother) (Jn. 19:17).

The pastoral letter was released to all the clergy, religious men and women, and lay collaborators in the Archdiocese of Manila.

According to Father Carmelo Arada, vice-chancellor of Manila, Cardinal Jose F. Advincula requested that the letter be read in all Masses on the Second Sunday of Easter (the evening of April 23and the whole day of April 24).

The bishops, Father Arada added, “enjoin us that we pray the rosary as families and communities from April 30 to May 9 as we lift to the Lord and entrust to the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary the forthcoming elections.”

“Let us approach our Blessed Mother again. And let's also ask him to help us vote for the ones that Jesus loves for us.”

“We call on you to pray the Holy Rosary fervently every day, with your family or community. Our Mother will not disappoint us."

"Let us hold this rosary together on April 30 (feast of St. Pius V) until May 9 (election day itself)."

The pastoral letter of the bishops encourages the Catholics to seek and defend the truth and reminded them to vote for those candidates who will promote the common good of the people especially those who are poor and marginalized.

“We urge you to seek and defend the truth and the common good. We also ask you to safeguard our freedom and dignity through a fair vote. Let's not vote for those who buy votes. 

“Let us vote for those who will promote the common good of the people, especially those at the margins of society. If we are truly godly and patriotic, we will also choose godly and patriotic people. 

”The bishops of the Province of Manila also prayed for the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) who will play a big role in the May 9, 2022 elections.

“Let us also pray for the COMELEC to uphold their important duty to respect and uphold the voice of the people that they express in their votes. May they be strong and realistic,” the letter said.  - Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communication 


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