Lay people gear up to march for life

Lay people gear up to march for life
Thousands of rallyists carry placards during a “Walk for Life” around the Quirino Grandstand in Manila to condemn the proposed revival of the death penalty and the spate of extrajudicial killings amid the government’s war on illegal drugs, Feb. 18, 2017. CBCPNews

MANILA— Catholic believers will gather on the city streets of Navotas to pray for an end to violence and a yes to life in a diocese which is close to becoming a “killing field”.

Organized by a group of lay people, it will be a local version of the “walk for life” before dawn on Sunday.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David earlier lamented the seeming lack of public outrage as scenes of killings has become common in the country.

“Due to the surge of killings, it’s more of the same… till we have become numb, we would feel nothing,” said David during a talk at the Sta. Cruz Church in Manila on Sunday.

“If these turn okay for us then something is really wrong with all of us,” added the prelate, denouncing the many cases of drug-related killings in his diocese.

Atty. Aurora Santiago, head of the diocese’s Council of the Laity, is encouraging the faithful to join them speak out against the thousands of drug war-related deaths.

It will be around a kilometer walk which will start at 5 a.m. from the San Ildefonso Church to the San Jose Church, where a Mass will be celebrated by David.

“We are calling on all parishioners of the different parishes in Navotas to join in expressing our opposition to the extra-judicial killings happening in the country,” Santiago said. CBCPNews