Em­u­late Mary's 'self­less­ness'

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Manila - De­spite his re­cent tirades against Catholic Church lead­ers, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, joined the Catholic faith­ful in com­mem­o­rat­ing the Feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion of Mary.

Duterte, in a mes­sage, called on his fel­low Filipinos to em­u­late Mary's "self­less­ness."

He was hope­ful that the nar­ra­tive of Mary's Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion would serve as a "con­stant re­minder" of her hu­mil­ity and thought­ful­ness when she ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion to be Christ's mother so that the plan of sal­va­tion would be re­al­ized.

"I join the en­tire Filipino Catholic Com­mu­nity in com­mem­o­rat­ing the Solem­nity of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion of Mary," the Pres­i­dent said, in time for the ob­ser­vance of the feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion of Mary.

"Let us em­u­late Mary's qual­i­ties as a hum­ble and car­ing per­son and re­main guided by her faith­ful­ness as we strengthen our de­vo­tion and nur­ture our lives with un­con­di­tional love and good deeds that will ben­e­fit the Filipino peo­ple," he added.

In De­cem­ber 2017, Duterte signed Repub­lic Act 10966, declar­ing De­cem­ber 8 of ev­ery year as a spe­cial non­work­ing hol­i­day in the Philip­pines, in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion.

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