Villegas asks faithful to pray vs terror, violence

MANILA-- The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has called on the faithful to pray against acts of terror and violence plaguing the country.

In his Facebook post, Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Archbishop Socrates Villegas on Sunday asked the prayer entitled, Angelus Prayer against Terror and Violence.

I urged the faithful in the archdiocese to recite this prayer, he said in a text message.

When asked on whether the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will be issuing an Oratio Imperata, Villegas said the move is up to the discretion of bishops.

Each bishop has to make a regulation in each diocese. CBCP cannot issue Oratio Imperata. We only propose. Every bishop decides for every diocese, he said.

An Oratio Imperata is an obligatory prayer issued by the bishop of a particular diocese for a special intention.

Villegas added that many people would be supporting the prayer even if they are not under the archdiocese.

Many have committed to pray it even those from outside Lingayen-Dagupan, he said.

The move comes amid the ongoing clashes between government troops and Maute terrorists in Marawi City and the attack at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City last week.

The conflict has so far killed some 170 people and displaced thousands of residents while the attack at the luxury hotel casino left 37 people dead and over 50 others injured.

Source: Philippines News Agency