WITH the hope of unifying the leaders of the country, as well as the justices of the Supreme Court (SC), the Catholic Church is sponsoring a Red Mass on Wednesday (July 7).

“I think it will probably have unifying results even if as they say that the primary objective is to enlighten the lawyers and justices,” said Fr. Joaquin Bernas in a press briefing in Manila.

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Invited to attend the Red Mass for judges and justices are national and local leaders including President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, and the Cabinet members.

Asked if former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is invited, Bernas said he is not sure if Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales invited her.

“But it would be nice if she come even if they put them apart in separate chairs. But I don’t expect her to come. She’s very busy preparing for constitutional amendments,” he said.

For his part, Rosales noted that while event is really intended for the judiciary, he said it would also be good if some of the legislative branches can be invited.

The Archdiocese of Manila is calling the celebration a “Red Mass” from the red liturgical vestments traditionally worn to symbolize the tongues of fire that descended on the Apostles at Pentecost.

Expected to grace the occasion are officials of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals and Sandigan Bayan. (MSN/Sunnex)