Pampanga schools, parishes hold masses vs death penalty

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO--Different parishes and Roman Catholic Church-run schools all over Pampanga were asked by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Fernando to hold masses and Eucharistic adoration over the weekend "to ask enlightenment" over attempts to bring back the death penalty.

San Fernando Archbishop Florentino G. Lavarias, D.D., in a February 15 letter had asked the Pampanga clergy, directors of Archdiocesan schools and the laity to join in the masses and observance of Eucharistic adoration over the weekend in opposition to the death penalty.

The country is a signatory of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which has signified not to impose death penalty as punishment.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Fernando will also have its "Pampanga Walks for Life" on February 25 in opposition to moves to bring back the death penalty and the recent rampant extrajudicial killings.

The event is expected to bring together Catholics from the different towns and parishes of the Archdiocese in Pampanga in a "festive walk" that will lead to the Capitol Grounds and would later converge in the Metropolitan Cathedral from four assembly points.

The event aims to raise support to oppose plans to revive the death penalty as well as extra judicial killings. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) expressed concern over the spate of killings in the country, following the President's declaration to suppress drugs.

CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villages said he was "worried, confused and sad" because of the summary executions of supposed individuals linked to drugs. The CBCP said that death penalty "is an offense of the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person."
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