By Leslie Ann Aquino
A Catholic prelate has asked the faithful to pray for the leaders of North Korea and the United States amid rising tensions between the two.
Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos particularly asked the faithful to pray that the two would have a “change of heart” and that they would give peace a chance.
“We pray for change of heart that both will work for better, peaceful and harmonious world,” he said in an interview.
“Let us pray that both give peace a chance,” added Santos.
It is also the hope of the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People that the leaders would not resort to war as this would only bring misery and sorrow to many.
“War is always death and destruction,” Santos said.
He added: “No one wins in war. It always brings misery and never ending sorrow.”
The ECMI chairman also stressed that conflict could be settled by “diplomacy and dialogue.”
Earlier, North Korea threatened to shoot four missiles near the US territory of Guam after it was threatened by US President Donald Trump with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” should it attempt to attack them.
There are some 40,000 Filipinos who live in Guam.
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