Cathedral bells to ring today in hope of anti-RH law ruling

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


THE bells of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City will ring every hour, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, as the Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Bacolod continue to pray for the Supreme Court (SC) justices to declare the Reproductive Health (RH) Law unconstitutional.

Following a prayer vigil held last night at the church’s courtyard, an Angelus will be held noon today in all churches in the Diocese along with the rest of the Catholic churches in the country.

The High Tribunal will decide today on the whether to declare Republic Act No. 10354, or the "Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012," unconstitutional or not.

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Bishop Vicente Navarra yesterday issued a call “upon all men and women of goodwill to pray for the guidance of our Supreme Court justices as they decide on the fate of the Filipino families and the unborn.”

Msgr. Victorino Rivas, rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and judicial vicar of the Diocese, had earlier said they are praying for the enlightenment of the SC justices.

The Catholic Church still believes the RH Law will encourage abortion, he said.

Navarra issued a circular-letter last week, instructing all the parish priests and chaplains to hold a prayer vigil in the evening of April 7.

“The Diocese of Bacolod has been consistent in its defense of the sanctity of human life in the face of the evil of RH policy that some of our government leaders have been staunchly advocating,” the Bacolod bishop said in the circular-letter. (NLG)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 08, 2014.

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