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Bishop urges Filipino Catholics to pray for Pope Francis as he visits Asia this week

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP ECMI) asked Filipinos on Tuesday to pray for the safe and successful visit of Pope Francis in Asia this week.

Bishop Ruperto Santos (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Bishop Ruperto Santos
(CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Let us pray for the safety of the Holy Father’s travel there and the successes of his pastoral visits with unending graces to all,” Bishop Ruperto Santos, CBCP ECMI chairman, said.

He said the faithful should show their “solidarity” with their brothers and sisters in faith and Asian neighbors.

Pope Francis is set to visit Thailand and Japan from November 20 to 26. It will be his fourth visit to Asia.

The CBCP ECMI official, meantime, urged overseas Filipino workers in the said countries to volunteer their time and talent in the historic visit.

“We appeal to our OFWs especially in Japan with their chaplains and pastoral workers to take this as God’s graces and gifts to serve as volunteers in their Archdioceses and chaplaincies,” Bishop Santos of Balanga, Bataan said.

“(We ask them) to kindly ask their employers to allow them to attend the Holy Father’s holy masses, and especially those who are free to participate and offer their time, talents, and even treasures for this grace-filled and historic visits of the Holy Father,” he added.

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