PHILIPPINES: December 3 is a National Day of Prayer and Fasting

We are one with the Church on this National Day of Prayer and Fasting against the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill.


With Malacañang going the extra mile to pass the “reproductive health” (RH) bill, the Catholic Church on Sunday called for days of prayer and fasting against the controversial measure.  Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes said all believers are called to discover the weapons of prayer and fasting to uphold the sanctity of life.

“Let us beseech God to protect life, family, marriage and the youth in our country,” said Reyes, chairman of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL).

The CBCP official made the statement ahead of a meeting in Malacañang between President Benigno Aquino III and his allies in Congress to take place today, Monday.  

Church officials believe that Aquino will push for a vote on the population control measure.“Let us pray and fast on Monday and the following days so that our lawmakers will not pass the bill,” he said.

In another statement, Bishop Reyes called on Congress not to shortcut the voting procedure on this critical issue.  He especially asked the leaders of Congress “that the voting be nominal, whenever a vote on the part or on the whole Substitute Bill of the House Bill 4244 is taken.”  

See the full text of this statement at this link:



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