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Philippine bishops urge All Souls’ Day prayers for drug war victims

As Filipinos remembered their departed on All Souls’ Day, the country’s Church leaders called on the faithful to also pray for those who fell victim in the government’s all-out war against illegal drugs.

Fr Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the public affairs office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said that praying for the dead on All Souls’ Day is a “Christian obligation.”

“More so, for those who died in violent circumstances,” the priest added.

“We pray for the forgiveness of their sins, we pray for the repose of their souls, and we pray for their redemption,” Fr Secillano told ucanews.com.

Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of Jaro, meanwhile, admitted that the church also “failed to foresee the magnitude of the drug menace.”

“(We) humbly accept our share of shortcomings with regard to forming our consciousness and behaviour in confronting social maladies,” he said in a pastoral statement on 30th October.

Picture: Men carry the coffin of Vicente Batiancila, who police say was among five victims of recent drug-related killings, during his funeral in Manila, Philippines on 23rd October. As Filipinos remembered their departed on All Souls’ Day, the country’s Church leaders called on the faithful to also pray for those who fell victim in the government’s all-out war against illegal drugs. (CNS photo/Erik De Castro, Reuters).