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Bishops to attend prayer rally at Luneta today

Several bishops, including Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, will attend the three-hour prayer rally, “Walk For Life”, to be held at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, Manila starting 4:30 a.m. today.
The activity was organized by the laity and other pro-life groups to call for a stop to the extrajudicial killings and oppose the revival of the death penalty.
Similar activities will be held in Dagupan City, Pangasinan and in Cebu City.
According to Joseph Jesalva, executive assistant of the Council of Laity of the Philippines (CLP), they expect some 20,000 people to attend the gathering.
“We open it to everyone, religious groups, civic groups... We asked them to go directly to the venue... We expect 20K or more,” he said.
Some participants will also come from the dioceses of Bataan, Pampanga, Malolos and Antipolo.
“Our appeal to the public is to come and stand up for life. Let us all stand up to be counted to promote life. We defend the life of each one,” Jesava added.
The CLP is an organization focused on uplifting lay involvement in Church activities. It is also composed of diocesan councils of the laity, Church movements, and Church-based groups across the country.
Organizers urged those who are planning to attend the event to wear white shirts and bring white flaglets and ribbons to echo their call for the protection of life.
Earlier, Villegas, who is also president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), had called on the faithful to join the prayer rally and “fill the streets with prayers and not with blood.”                                              

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