Friday, January 16, 2015

AFP activates prayer warriors for Pope’s safety

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Prayer Warriors. Chaplains of the AFP led by Maj Harley Flores, Admin Officer of the AFP Chaplain Service, kneel in prayer to ask for divine assistance for the safety and success of the Papal Visit on January 15-19. (Photo by S1DP Viluan/PAO-AFP)

CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City—Apart from preparing a comprehensive security operation in support to other government agencies, the Armed Forces of the Philippines also directed its ‘prayer warriors’ to provide spiritual support for the safety and success of the Papal Visit on January 15 to 19.

The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Gregorio Pio P Catapang Jr issued the directive to the AFP Chaplain Service to dedicate prayers for the historic visit of Pope Francis in the country.
 “Religion is not a barrier among our soldiers and General Catapang has directed our prayer warriors in the Chaplain Service to lead the faithful in asking our Lord for divine assistance,” Col Restituto F Padilla Jr, the AFP Spokesman, said.

Dubbed as ‘prayer warriors,’ the multi-faith Chaplain Service of the AFP will initiate a continuous prayer activity to seek divine assistance during the Pope’s visit in the country.

As part of their daily activities, the prayer warriors will dedicate a ‘holy hour’ every 7 a.m. starting tomorrow up to January 18. This activity will be conducted in all military camps through the AFP’s chaplains.

In October last year, Catapang also directed the military chaplains to dedicate their daily rosary prayers during the Feast of our Lady of Fatima for the success of the Papal Visit.

“This is a guidance to all chaplains nationwide at the same time we also encourage all non-catholic chaplains to offer prayers within their faith for the safety of the Pope and the attending public,” said Maj Harley Flores, Admin Officer of the AFP Chaplain Service.

He also encouraged all Catholic members of the military to support with their prayers the over 15,000 soldiers who will be deployed to provide area and route security for the Papal Visit.

Flores is one of the 67 Catholic chaplains of the AFP leading a flock of over 91,067 Catholic military personnel. There are also 20 non-Catholic chaplains composed of Protestants and Muslims.

The AFP Chaplain Service’ mission is to provide spiritual services to the military personnel, especially in conducting religious services for soldiers who were killed in action.

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