DAGUPAN CITY – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has encouraged the faithful to pray for the nation’s peace as Filipinos continue to mourn for the 44 police members of the Special Action Force who were killed in a clash with Moro rebels on January 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, said the situation of the country and the world calls on all faithful to turn to the Lord and gather to pray for peace.
“As the nation continues to grieve over the tragedy in Mamasapano and the family of nations is threatened by war and terror from extremist groups, our best contribution is to encourage people to pray,” said Villegas in his circular dated February 23.
Villegas encouraged the Catholic faithful to pray the Oratio Imperata for Peace. A circular was issued to the clergy and Catholic faithful to make the prayer for peace mandatory.
Oratio Imperata is a Roman Catholic invocative prayer recited in times of natural calamity, war and grave needs of the community.
Villagas requested to pray the Oratio Imperata before the Post Communion Prayer in every mass from March 1 to 28 this year. (MCA/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)