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CBCP urges faithful not to give up hope

Robertzon Ramirez - The Philippine Star
CBCP urges faithful not to give up hope
Roman Catholic parishioners use flash lights and candles as they attend dawn mass on a chapel at a village in General Luna town, Siargao island, on Dec. 23, 2021, days after super Typhoon Rai devastated the island.
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MANILA, Philippines — Catholics have been urged not to give up hope “to the forces of evil.”

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said it is important to keep a good attitude and remain focused as the country moves forward.

“We should not surrender our hope to the forces of evils at work in our society,” David said in a Facebook post.

He said factors that continue to challenge the country’s democratic institutions “have been made more obvious” by the recently concluded elections, such as the alleged well-funded trolls that have successfully conditioned the minds of the public through disinformation and social media.

David said the massive vote-buying was also made easier through online cash transfer.

“Remember, Jesus taught his disciples to be ‘innocent as doves, but clever as serpents.’ What gives us hope is the reawakened sense of patriotism among many sectors in Philippine society, especially among our young people who have discovered the power of solidarity for the common good,” he said.

David reminded the public that the youths’ desire to give a more concrete expression to responsible citizenship is the key to achieving good governance, which was manifested through acts of volunteerism.

“I call it a rediscovery of what we used to call ‘people power.’ Now it has to be harnessed through the creation of well-thought-out, well-planned and better organized mass movements that will not only protect our democratic institutions, but will also contribute proactively towards community development on the grassroots level and the formation of a better, more mature political culture,” he added.

David said the “Fratelli Tutti” or “all brothers and sisters” concept of Pope Francis and the Catholic social teachings could guide the Catholic faithful in the endeavor to fight against the work of evil in the society.

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