‘Let’s em­u­late Vir­gin Mary’s qual­i­ties’

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRISTINA MENDEZ

De­spite his tirades against some mem­bers of the Catholic Church, Pres­i­dent Duterte joined the Catholic com­mu­nity in com­mem­o­rat­ing the solem­nity of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion of Mary yes­ter­day.

Duterte, who has cursed Catholic priests and even called God “stupid,” urged the faith­ful to “em­u­late Mary’s qual­i­ties.”

“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 said.

In a one-page mes­sage, Duterte urged Catholics to re­mem­ber Mary’s self­less­ness, de­scrib­ing her as an epit­ome of faith.

“Ev­ery year, our thoughts and hearts unite to cel­e­brate the life of Vir­gin Mary, whose sim­plic­ity, kind­ness and hu­mil­ity we truly adore and ad­mire,” he said.

“Since the ad­vent of Chris­tian­ity in the Philip­pines, she has been an epit­ome of faith and a source of in­spi­ra­tion for our peo­ple, es­pe­cially dur­ing times of chal­lenges and un­cer­tain­ties,” Duterte said.

“May the nar­ra­tive of her Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion be a con­stant re­minder of her self­less­ness when she ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion to be­come the mother of Christ so that the plan of sal­va­tion would be re­al­ized,” he added.

Duterte wished the Catholic com­mu­nity a “happy and mean­ing­ful” com­mem­o­ra­tion.

EDD GUMBAN

An el­derly cou­ple in wheel­chairs is blessed by Manila Arch­bishop Luis An­to­nio Car­di­nal Ta­gle and Osaka Arch­bishop Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda, the en­voy of Pope Fran­cis, dur­ing mass cel­e­brat­ing the feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion at the Manila Cathe­dral yes­ter­day.

Pres­i­dent Duterte gets a hug from one of the guests dur­ing the Depart­ment of Tourism’s Food and Travel Fes­ti­val dubbed ‘Kaon Ta!’ held at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City the other day.

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