MANILA, Philippines – In the observance of Holy Week, Catholic faithful are encouraged by Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), headed by its president, Archbishop Socrates Villegas to take part in the first-ever Via Crucis for Good Weather 2014, which will be held yearly thereafter. A press briefing was held at the Arzobispado De Manila office, in Intramuros, and was spearheaded by Radyo Veritas in partnership with the Archdiocese of Manila and TV Maria on Monday, April 14.
The seven-kilometer walk Via Crucis or Penitential Walk will be held on Good Friday, April 18 and is intended for devotees to offer prayers and penitential sacrifices for the country’s safety from any disastrous calamity.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is scheduled to give his reflection and final blessings to the participants of Via Crucis, which will start at exactly 5am at San Juan de Dios Hospital in Pasay City and will conclude at 10am at the recently re-opened historic landmark Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila.
During the press briefing, the Meat-Free Friday Movement was also presented. It is a nationwide public relations campaign initiated by DZRV Radio Veritas846 for which will generate awareness, acceptance and action among Filipinos, especially the Catholic Church to consider offering not Friday of Lent, as well as the rest of the Fridays the whole year round and abstain from consuming meat.
The said movement is in support and in response to the World Cancer Research Fund’s recommendation to limit the eating of red meat such as beef, pork and chicken due to its contributory link to diseases that include colorectoral and bowel cancer, breast cancer in women, heart diseases and obesity—to name a few.
Present in the press briefing and were part of the panelists were—Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani Jr., D.D. – Bishop Emeritus, Our Lady of Fatima, Novaliches; Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual, president, DZRV Radyo Veritas846 and executive director for Caritas Manila; Msgr. Cesar Pagulayan, parish priest, San Isidro Labrador Parish; and Fr. Paschal Ma. R. Gorgoña, San Roque parish priest, Pasay.
The invitations to the Via Crucis were sent to 500 parishes in Metro Manila, which comprise of six dioceses. It is expected to draw 200 parishioners or more.
For further details and to RSVP, please contact Arnel Pelaco and John Julian Muñiz at (632) 9257931; +639184374444 and +639494245275. Also visit, CBCP’s official website.