By Leslie Ann Aquino
Pro-life advocates on Sunday walked for Mary and the Filipino family in celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Members of Pro-life Philippines walked from Malate Church all the way to the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, where Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle celebrated a mass for them.
“This is the first time that we did this on December 8 that’s why there’s only a few of us… but we plan to do this every Feast of the Immaculate Conception,” Pro-Life President Rita Dayrit said in an interview after the mass.
“Hopefully, next time there will be more participants,” she added.
Dayrit explained that what is important is the message of the activity which is to emphasize to everyone the importance of protecting life and the Filipino family.
She said they were very happy that members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were also present during the Mass.
“I think they were present because they were also having their corporate Mass…In my mind, I was thinking we should have a photo with them since we are both protectors of the Filipino family and life,” Dayrit said.
Before the Mass, Tagle met with National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Brigadier General Debold Sinas to discuss, among others, next year’s Traslacion of the Black Nazarene.
“We are now preparing for it. We have so many programs. So we could immediately prepare the direct participation of the police during the Traslacion,” Sinas said in a separate interview.
“Traslacion is not for Manila alone, it is for the whole country. That is why we would be helping each other in making our preparations,” he added.
According to Sinas, they would be mobilizing the policemen not only from the Manila Police District (MPD), but also from other districts and units under the NCRPO.
Meanwhile, in his homily, Tagle lamented the disharmony that could be seen in society even in social media.
And one way to achieve harmony he said was by learning how to be humble.
“Humility is needed for harmony,” Tagle said.
“Humility can be achieved only when we humbly admit our faults and take the path of repentance,” he added.
His Eminence stressed pride destroys harmony.
“Let us imitate Christ…let us be more accepting of others,” said Tagle.
“If God welcomes me, I should know how to welcome others,” he added.
A special collection was also held during the Mass for the victims of Typhoon Tisoy.