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In marches around Philippines, Catholics protest threats to life

Catholics came out strongly against what they described as “threats to life” in rallies held in major cities across the Philippines on 24th February.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila led priests, nuns, and laypeople in an early morning ‘Walk for Life’ around the capital’s main park, reported

The cardinal appealed to Catholics to value all lives, even those of their enemies and society’s so-called outcasts. reported that among the issues raised during the march were drug-related killings, a proposal in Congress to legalise divorce and changes to the constitution.

“Let us bring back the belief that the lives of other people, even of our enemies, are a gift from God,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Relatives of those who died in the government’s “war against drugs” joined the candlelit procession in which an estimated 2,000 people took part.

“Life is a gift from God. But when we start thinking of other people’s lives in terms of their usefulness to us, it becomes so easy for us to just do away and discard life,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Picture: A woman religious displays a placard on 24th February as she participates in a protest against plans to reimpose the death penalty and intensify the drug war during a ‘Walk for Life’ rally at a park in Manila, Philippines. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters).