“We should speak up, fight and stand for life.”
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the apostolic administrator of Archdiocese of Manila, appealed to hundreds of Catholic faithful to start speaking up about social issues for the common good, during the 4th Walk for Life at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, February 15.
He said whenever the Church is asked for its reaction about a particular issue, it should not be just asking them bishops and the priests, but the lay faithful as well.
The prelate warned against anti-life policies that would definitely affect the next generation.
“We should speak now because once these policies get implemented, it would be hard to overturn them, and many will be affected, mostly the youth.”
He emphasized that everyone has a ‘say’ whereas when we begin voicing it out, we can create public opinion.
The bishop acknowledged the large population of young people during the event and hopes more youngsters will commit to join the next walks for life since “the youth are at the core of fight for life and will continue bring conviction and enthusiasm to the cause against killings, divorce, death penalty, the care for the environment, among others.”
He also expressed his gratitude to all faithful who participated. He encouraged them to continue praying for the country and the world, and against the coronavirus disease 2019.
“We are not as many as last year’s, but Walk for Life isn’t just about how many people will be joining. What have you learned? Live with it. Share them. Do not let your Walk for Life involvement ends here.”
Lay groups who attended the event include Catholic Women’s League, Couples for Christ, Lord’s Flock Catholic Charismatic Community, Soldiers of Christ, Mother Butler Guild of Diocese of Cubao, Daughters of Mary Immaculate International, and more.
Simultaneous Walk for Life were also held in the archdioceses of Palo, Lingayen-Dagupan, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro.
Hundreds of lay people also gathered for the same event in the dioceses of Tarlac, Borongan, and Gumaca.