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PH church to join worldwide prayer vs. coronavirus pandemic on March 25

Heeding the call of Pope Francis, the Philippine Catholic Church has set a simultaneous praying of the “Lord’s Prayer” on Wednesday as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a circular issued Monday, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines affirmed its participation in the worldwide prayer.

“Heeding the Pope’s invitation, we recommend that we will pray together the Lord’s Prayer at 7:00 p.m. on March 25,” said Fr. Marvin Mejia, CBCP Secretary General.

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Covid-19: Marbel Bishop Casicas issues circular on Church activities amid Covid-19 threat

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Archdiocese of Cotabato pastoral guidelines on Covid-19

In an effort to stem the pandemic of COVID-19, the Archdiocese of Cotabato issued on Tuesday, March 17, pastoral guidelines to all priests, religious and faithful.

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Cotabato, Marbel Bishops order masses in main churches only amid COVID-19

COTABATO CITY  – The Archdiocese of Cotabato and Diocese of Marbel has cancelled all masses in chapels and told priests to continue Eucharistic celebrations on main or parish churches only.

In separate statement, Cotabato Archbishop Angelito Lampon, OMI, DD and Marbel Bishop Cerilo U. Casicas, DD ordered priests to go on saying masses even without the congregation (church goers) as precautionary steps against coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Metro Manila dioceses cancel masses amid coronavirus outbreak

MANILA - Several dioceses in Metro Manila have suspended public gatherings including worship services and Masses amid coronavirus outbreak.

At least four dioceses have now suspended public worship for the coming weeks after the government has put the Metro under a lockdown.

In Manila, the first to release an instruction, Masses and other public gatherings in the archdiocese will be suspended from March 14 to 20.

But Manila administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo said parish churches and chapels will remain open to the faithful.

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Pope entrusts world threatened by coronavirus pandemic to Mary

VATICAN — Pope Francis entrusted to Jesus’ mother the suffering and anguish of millions of people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video message broadcast March 11, the pope prayed before a portrait of Our Lady of Divine Love, beseeching her to “not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial” but to “deliver us from every danger.”

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Shrine in Mlang open for Holy Week commemoration

MLANG, North Cotabato – The Shrine of the Holy Cross in Barangay New Rizal here will be opened to pilgrims during the Holy Week celebration in April, officials said.

On Tuesday, Mlang Mayor Russel M. Abonado and Father Tony Lupiba, DCK discussed the activities at the shrine during the Lenten Season.

It has been a tradition that every year, thousands of pilgrims visit the shrine to pray.

The Shrine of the Holy Cross was built by the Oblate missionaries and later turned over to the Diocese of Kidapwan.

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CBCP issues new precautionary measures against COVID-19 for Lent

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has released a liturgical guideline for the Lenten season as a precautionary measure to reduce transmission of the coronavirus.

For Ash Wednesday, the bishops’ conference suggested the sprinkling of ashes on the crown of the head instead of marking the forehead with a cross to avoid body contact.

Archbishop Romulo Valles, CBCP President, said that the ashes to imposed on the crown “signify our repentance from sin, which has marred the grace of Baptism”.

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To prevent spread of COVID-19, Hong Kong Diocese cancels Masses

HONG KONG — The threat of spreading the coronavirus has forced Catholic officials in Hong Kong to suspend all church programs Feb. 15-28, including Sunday Masses and the Ash Wednesday liturgy that marks the beginning of Lent.

Ucanews.com reported Cardinal John Tong, apostolic administrator of Hong Kong, said the “disappointing” decision had been made “because the next two weeks will be a crucial time to suppress the epidemic.”

“Some church members may be disappointed” with the diocesan move, the cardinal said in his Feb. 13 pastoral letter. “This is not an easy decision.”

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Cardinal Tagle bids farewell to his hometown Imus

IMUS, Cavite - Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle bid farewell to his hometown of Imus in Cavite on Monday before his expected transfer to Rome.

In a Mass at Our Lady of the Pillar, he thanked all those who attended the celebration, including some public officials.

“This kind of celebration gives me strength,” a teary-eyed Cardinal Tagle said.

It was the same cathedral where the cardinal was baptized a Catholic, and where he was ordained priest in 1982 and bishop in 2001.

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