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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, December 12, 2016
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Drive vs. death kicks off

The Diocese of Bacolod is kicking off its diocesan-wide education campaign against the reimposition of the death penalty with a prayer rally in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City this afternoon, Fr. Felix Pasquin said yesterday.

About 1,000 parishoners and students are expected to join a prayer rally, and assembly time is at 4:30 p.m., Pasquin, rector of the Cathedral, said.

The House Justice Committee approvedlast week for plenary deliberation a bill for the restoration of the death penalty for more than 20 heinous offenses, including drug offenses, rape with homicide, kidnapping for ransom, and arson with death.

Assembly time for the prayer rally today will be at 4:30 p.m., Pasquin said.

The proposed procession from the Lupit Shrine to the Bacolod Public Plaza has been cancelled considering that Monday is a regular working day, he said.

Instead, there will be a procession around the Bacolod Public Plaza at 5 p.m. that will end in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral, Pasquin said.

A program that will include a talk on why the Catholic Church is against the death penalty will then be held, he said.

Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon will preside over a concelebrated mass to commemorate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pasquin added.

The San Sebastian Cathedral has for the past years served as a symbol for the Diocese's continued effort to educate the faithful regarding the teachings of the Catholic Church on various issues that deal with faith and morals, he said.

He also pointed out that Our Lady of Guadalupe is considered as the patroness of the pro-life movements.

Priests, religious men and women, parishes, lay associations, and Catholic schools are expected to join the procession, and the public is encouraged to join this prayer rally, Pasquin said.*CPG




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