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Philippine cardinal urges daily bell tolling to call attention to murders

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle called for church bells in the archdiocese to toll at 8pm each day to protest the continuing spate of killings in the country.

He said the tolling of the bells will “haunt the perpetrators of violence and killing to remember their victims, never to forget them,” reported ucanews.com.

“The bells beckon us to remember the dead…and to ask God to remember them,” said a statement from the cardinal.

Ucanews.com reported a Catholic priest and a broadcast journalist were the most recent victims of assassinations.

Fr Mark Ventura was shot to death after celebrating Mass in Cagayan province on 29th April.

Cardinal Tagle invited the faithful “to pause, remember and pray” for Fr Ventura, the second priest to be killed in four months. In December, Fr Marcelito Paez was shot dead in the province of Nueva Ecija.

“It’s sad that a priest was killed…and even if he’s not a priest, a person. Isn’t he a gift from God? Is it that easy nowadays to just kill and throw someone away?” asked Cardinal Tagle.

Picture: People stroll in front of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Manila, Philippines, in this 2014 file photo. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle called for church bells in the archdiocese to toll at 8pm each day to protest the continuing spate of killings in the country. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn).