By CBCP News
March 23, 2020
President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a “national week of prayer” as the country battles the coronavirus crisis.
After a declaring a nationwide state of calamity, he urged Filipinos to turn to God in prayer in this time of “affliction”.
In his Proclamation no. 934, Duterte announced that moments of prayer would be taking place on the fourth week of March.
He particularly asked Filipinos of all faith to pray for those afflicted with COVID-19, and for the frontliners in the fight against pandemic.
Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga has welcomed the initiative, saying that “we have to pray unceasingly and return to Him all the praise and glory which are rightly His”.
“We should not only pray but much more honor God. God should never be mocked nor make fun of. All of us should always respect God, and one’s religion,” he said.