Friday, October 17, 2014

General Catapang dedicates novena prayer for Pope’s safe visit to PH

CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), General Gregorio Pio P. Catapang Jr. has directed military chaplains in the whole armed forces to dedicate their daily rosary prayer for the safe visit of the Pope in the Philippines.

In a message that he delivered earlier today (October 13) during novena prayer at St. Ignatius Cathedral in Camp Aguinaldo, Catapang encouraged all Catholic faithfuls under his command to dedicate their daily rosary prayer for the safe visit of Pope Francis.

The most revered leader of the Catholic Church is set to visit the country from January 15 to 19, 2015.

A novena prayer was held today in commemoration of the 97th Anniversary of the ‘Great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima’ at the St. Ignatius Cathedral in Camp Aguinaldo. More or less 500 soldiers and civilians attended the event.

Catapang has also invited other Marian devotees to attend daily rosary prayers that will be conducted every morning at the St. Ignatius Cathedral here.

Acting AFP Chief Chaplain Service, Col. Bernardo T. Odfina said, “We are very much concerned for the successful visit of the Holy Father, Pope Francis here in the Philippines; and as father of the AFP, General Catapang is responsible for leading the whole armed forces in supporting the government’s efforts to ensure the safe and peaceful visit of the Holy Pope.”
Prayer for the hostages

Catapang also wanted to dedicate these daily novena prayers for the civilian hostages who are believed to be in the hands of the bandit group, Abu Sayyaf.

On Sunday, the AFP Chief visited Sulu to boost the morale of the frontline soldiers who are currently tasked to conduct focused-military operations against the terrorist group.

Recently, several units were deployed to Sulu to augment security operations in the area.
Among the units that were deployed in the province include the 35th and 32nd Infantry battalions which are known to be veterans in fighting the Abu Sayyaf Group.

Currently, there are about 88% Catholics in the 120-strong AFP. There are also buildings dedicated as house for prayers for followers of major religions such as Catholicism, Islam, Iglesia Ni Cristo, and Protestants in all major military camps all over the country.

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