IN PROTEST TO EJKS | 63 parishes in Oro start tolling bells for the dead

THE REGION
By MARK FRANCISCO
September 4, 2017

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CAGAYAN de Oro City--Archbishop Antonio Ledesma has ordered all 63 parishes in the archdiocese to ring the De Profundis bell at 8 in the evening and say the prayers for the dead every night.

“Let this be our sign of protest against extrajudicial killings i the war on drugs. Let this also be our call to prayer until the end of martial law – in solidarity with all the affected families in the Marawi crisis, especially those who have lost loved ones,” Ledesma said in a pastoral letter issued last August 28 during the feast of the city’s patron St. Augustine.

In Roman Catholic parlance, the De Profundis bell is a slow, solemn and measured toll of the church bell with an accompanying prayer for the dead. The name comes from the first two words of Psalm 130, meaning “out of the depths.”

Ledesma said that while Cagayan de Oro and its adjacent places are spared from drug-related murders, extrajudicial killings are rampant elsewhere and the faithful of the archdiocese need to extend their solidarity to the Tokhang victims.

“These summary killings and violations of human rights cannot be justified. We express our deep concerns for their continued spate that has claimed even young lives and many others without due process,” he said.

At the same time, Ledesma praised the local government officials and police in Cagayan de Oro for exercising their restraint in ensuring that no so-called extrajudicial killings are committed here.

He also reached out to drug dependents to avail of the archdiocese’s drug rehabilitation program which is coordinated with City Hall.


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