CBCP urges prayers for quake victims

CBCP urges prayers for quake victims

A quake-damaged public market in Digos City. PHOTO COURTESY OF GLOR DEXIMO/SOCCOM DIGOS

By Roy Lagarde

October 16, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has asked people to pray for the victims of the earthquake that killed at least five people in southern Philippines.

Archbishop Romulo Valles, CBCP President, expressed his solidarity with all those affected by the earthquake that struck several parts of Mindanao on Wednesday. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are for those families who lost lives and also suffered damages to their properties,” Archbishop Valles said. 

The Davao archbishop said many people are still “jittery” because of the strong quake that damaged buildings and injured dozens of people.

“We continue to pray that each one will look for each other’s safety. Let’s help one another,” Valles said. 

“And we trust in the Lord’s constant presence in our lives so that even if facing fear and anxiety, we still continue our daily lives of service and unity with one another,” he added.

The magnitude 6.3 tectonic earthquake was centered near Tulunan town in North Cotabato.

Although the earthquake shattered some stained-glass windows and religious statues, no major damage to churches has been reported 

In the Kidapawan diocese, Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo reported that their cathedral and other churches remain structurally sound. 

 “No major damages to our cathedral and other churches. Commercial building and other infrastructures in Kidapawan and other towns were moderately affected,” he said.