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“Our strong faith in God has contributed to our resiliency as a nation, especially during trying times. Important occasions in our communities are usually anchored in our religious traditions, especially during this Lenten Season,” the leader of Asia’s biggest Catholic nation said in a message.
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Duterte’s message for Lent: Let’s work to attain our noble aspirations for the nation
(Philstar.com) - April 19, 2019 - 10:11am

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte this Lenten Season urged Filipino Christians to rekindle their commitment to serve people, especially those who are most in need.

“Our strong faith in God has contributed to our resiliency as a nation, especially during trying times. Important occasions in our communities are usually anchored in our religious traditions, especially during this Lenten Season,” the leader of Asia’s biggest Catholic nation said in a message.

“May this blessed occasion be an opportunity for prayer and reflection as we strive to uphold what is good and just,” he added.

“I trust that the virtues of faith, hope and charity will continue to drive all our efforts in nation-building. With guidance from Christ’s sacrifice, let us work towards the attainment of our noble aspirations for the nation,” he continued.

Duterte said Wednesday he believes in God and is afraid of karma, in an apparent break from his tirades against the Christian faith.

The hugely popular Duterte has repeatedly locked horns with the Church — which has a significant political and social clout in the predominantly Catholic Philippines — amid mounting deaths in the government’s bloody war on drugs. — Ian Nicolas Cigaral

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