President Rodrigo Duterte has encouraged Catholic Filipinos to embrace Christ’s compassion in spite of differences.
In observance of the Holy Week, the President delivered a message stressing that the Season of Lent is the time to renew relationship with God.
“This is a time to revitalize and renew our relationship with God and our fellowmen,” Duterte said.
“As we put our hands together in prayer, may we use this as an opportune time to rekindle our religious fervor and cherish our time-honored traditions as a pious people,” he added.
Duterte also urged Filipinos to use this Lenten week to reflect on the Catholic values.
“As we reflect on the Catholic values and embody selflessness, compassion and love instilled in us through the years, let us remember to always help and uplift the downtrodden because it is only through charitable actions that we make God’s presence visible among us,” he said.
Again, the President called for unity among Filipinos to realize better life for everyone.
“Let us take a moment to pause in the spirit of contemplation and work and unite as one people to build a truly equitable and inclusive nation where everyone can enjoy a decent a comfortable life,” Duterte said.
“I wish out countrymen a deeply meaningful and solemn observance of the Holy Week,” he added.