Lingayen, Philippines, May 10, 2017 / 05:02 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Catholic bishops of the Philippines have praised a cross-country march showing opposition to the restoration of the death penalty.
The bishops voiced their support of the “commendable” initiative in a recent statement addressed to the laity and all members of the civil group taking part in the march.
The march is “most deserving of support from all who want to make a clear unequivocal stand for life,” Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said in a statement.
The 21-day march is being organized by Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of the CBCP’s committee for social action. It began last week in Cagayan de Oro City, and is expected to reach the Senate in Pasay City by May 24, the feast day of Our Lady, Help of Christians. The CBCP’s Episcopal Commission for the Laity is among the organizers of the march.
It is the latest move in the majority-Catholic country that protests the revival of a harsh death penalty in the country.