Filipino Bishops hold “National Day of Prayer” to stop bill supported by two D&P partners

MANILA, May 5, 2011— The Catholic Church has set May 9 as “National Day of Prayer” to invoke divine intervention and guidance for legislators to reject a birth control measure.

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said he called on the faithful to devote special time in praying for the lawmakers that they reject the reproductive health (RH) bill.

In an interview over Radyo Veritas Thursday, he also encouraged the praying of the rosary regularly starting on Monday until the controversial measure is finally junked. (Source)

What bill is this, do you ask? Well, it’s none other than the Reproductive Health bill which was actively supported by two of Development and Peace’s partners: Freedom From Debt Coalition and Focus on the Global South. If you’d like to refresh your memory on these two groups, read our extensive coverage here.

The article quoted above says that the Filipino “Congress will again take up” the RH bill on May 9. I’m not sure if that means it will be voted upon or if more debate will continue.

In either case, please say some special prayers for the Philippines and for the Canadian bishops who are funding the RH-pushers.

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