MANILA– Catholics are called upon to join the ‘Penitential Walk for Life’ on Good Friday from 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., starting at the Plaza Rajah Sulayman in Malate, Manila to the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila via Roxas Blvd.
Earlier, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged everyone to join the religious activity, which aims to pray that life’s sanctity be recognized while reflecting on Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection.
“I am inviting all of you to join the Way of the Cross, which for this year will be called Penitential Walk for Life. Let us join Jesus who walked with us humbly, justly, and lovingly. Every step we take is a commitment to the value of life that Jesus offers to all, especially the poor and neglected, he said in a pastoral letter.
Participants are encouraged to bring a transistor radio to follow the meditation and prayer that will be heard over Radio Veritas846.
The Penitential Walk for Life is organized by Radio Veritas, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM).
The Church-run radio station, in partnership with RCAM and TV Maria, first organized the Penitential Walk on April 18, 2014 and again on April 3, 2015.
With the themes, Via Crucis for Good Weather in 2014 and The Poor in the Experience of Calamities and for Peace in 2015, both Good Friday Walks were meant for the country’s safety from future calamities.
Last Feb. 18, thousands of Catholic faithful took part in the Walk for Life, an initiative of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on the Laity through its lay arm, the Sangguniang Laiko, at the Quirino Parade Grounds in Rizal Park, Manila.
The Walk for Life was intended to put forward the advocacy for the care, protection and defense of all human life from conception to natural death, as well as due process for law offenders, humane treatment of criminals and adequate rehabilitation for those involved in drugs.
Source: Philippines News Agency