"Global warming, stop!", sister orders
Recalling claims that "Jesus spirit" ended a SARS outbreak in 2003, a Filipino sister has called on global warming to stop "in Jesus' name".
UCA News reports that Sr Raquel Reodica of the Religious of the Virgin Mary has prayed over national television for an end to global warming, ordering the "spirits" to stop all natural disasters.
"Global warming, I order you in Jesus' name to stop!" Sr Reodica said in a service broadcast on morning television. Shifting to Tagalog, the main dialect in the northern Philippines, she also commanded "all disasters" to leave the world in peace and order.
Imploring the help of God, who "created heaven and earth" and "created us all," the nun healer recalled how "Jesus' spirit" ended the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in some 27 countries in 2003. She said reports of new cases stopped a few days after she started praying.
The World Health Organisation recorded 774 deaths from the disease, which also caused severe economic damage on several continents.
During the TV program, Sr Reodica prayed to her order's foundress, the late Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo.
The sister asked God's help again to counter global warming, which she believes is brought on by human beings' excesses and disregard for ecology.
The 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, discussed the increased average temperature of the earth's near-surface air and its oceans in recent decades, as well as projections of continued warming. The phenomenon is attributed largely to higher "greenhouse" gas concentrations from increased human activity.
Sr Reodica had already started her prayer ministry for ecology at the time of the summit. Speaking to UCA News, she traced the ministry's beginning to July 1991, just after Mount Pinatubo erupted in Zambales province, some 80 kilometres northwest of Manila.
A "visionary" came to her convent in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, to find Sr Reodica. She brought her to Botolan town in Zambales, where the statue of the Blessed Mother was covered to its waist in volcanic ash. The woman accompanied her to the statue, where she prayed for the volcano to calm down, and it did a few days later.
Since then, similar visionaries have contacted her, warning of earthquakes, typhoons, eruptions and other natural phenomena.
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23 Mar 2007