An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has asked the faithful to include the victims of extrajudicial killings (EJK) when praying for their dearly departed family and friends on All Souls’ Day, November 2.
Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP Public Affairs Committee, said to pray for the dead is a Christian obligation.
“More so, for those who died in violent circumstances as they might not yet be prepared for their eventual demise,” he said in an interview.
In the past, church leaders also asked the faithful to pray for the victims of super-typhoon “Yolanda” which hit the country in November, 2013.
The CBCP official said the faithful should pray for the repose of the souls of the victims and the forgiveness of their sins.
“We pray for the forgiveness of their sins; we pray for the repose of their souls; and we pray for their redemption,” said Secillano.
According to the priest, Masses are already being offered in different parts of the country for the EJK victims.
A number of prelates earlier already condemned the spate of extrajudicial killings in the country allegedly brought about by the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the administration.
Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas expressed grief how the country has turned into a “killing fields” in the campaign against drugs.
“In our dream to wipe out drug addiction are we not becoming a ‘killing fields’ nation?” said Villegas in a statement last August.