Pope John Paul II has expressed his full support to the nationwide prayer initiative for peace in Mindanao to be led by Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin and former President Corazon Aquino on Saturday, 5 August.
    "Having learned that prayers will be offered for peace and the nation will honour the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I join you and the Filipino bishops and people in invoking an end to the violence," the Pope said in his message to Cardinal Sin.
    On 5 August, there will be a communal consecration of the people of God to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in all archdioceses, dioceses and parishes nationwide to urge the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to stop the war in Mindanao and start peace negotiations.
    Cardinal Sin will celebrate Mass at 9:00 a.m. in the Cathedral in Manila, to consecrate the archdiocese of Manila to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will also simulatanously consecrate their respective dioceses to the Virgin Mary.
    Sin has expressed optimism that Virgin Mary would once again play a major part in attaining peace in Mindanao. He said that it was the Virgin Mary who interceded for the Filipino people during the peaceful EDSA revolution in 1986.
Manila Bulletin
27 July 00

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