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Interfaith leaders join Catholics at ‘Walk for Life’

Interfaith leaders join Catholics at ‘Walk for Life’

MANILA — Faith leaders, including those from Evangelical Churches, are joining Catholics in calling for an end to the  wave of extrajudicial executions in the country. 

They will meet on Saturday morning, Feb. 18 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila for the “Walk for Life” organized by a coalition of lay Catholic movements and national organizations. 

Joseph Jesalva, Council of the Laity of the Philippines (CLP) executive assistant, said they more faith leaders to come stand up for life. 

“There are some evangelicals, non-Catholics, who called us and signified they were coming,” Jesalva said.

Organizers are expecting around 20,000 people to join the prayer rally coming from different parts of Luzon. 

“We are open to everyone: religious groups, civic groups,” he said. 

In a letter sent to the CBCP, leaders of the Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church in the Philippines said they are one with the calls for an end to summary killings and in opposing moves to restore the death penalty. 

“We are calling for the protection of life given to us by God. No to killings!” they said. 

Jesalva also among the participants will be coming from the Couples for Christ and the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines.

He added that the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines, and the Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association are also joining the early morning event. 

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the bishops’ Commission on the Laity, is hoping that many people join the prayer rally. 

“We hope to have many people attending the Walk for Life although we don’t know exactly the response so far. This is our first experience of a lay initiative in this regard,” he said. 

“Our appeal to the public is to come and stand up for life. Let us all stand up to be counted to promote life. We defend life of each one,” said Pabillo.