False prophets fuel people’s fears, ignorance

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The officials of the Catholic Church appealed to the Filipino people to strengthen their faith and to put their fate in God instead of believing anybody who spreads fears through false prophesies.

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Following reports of the “mysterious disease” in Pangasinan, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that the people should ignore the prophecies because what the people deserve is “hope.”

He added that the Catholics have suffered a lot in various forms, and that “this can’t be from God.”

“You’ll just generate on something that is not even true. You should not attribute supernatural reasons to something that can be explained naturally,” Villegas said.

“Ignore it because at this point what the people need is hope. We don’t need something to be afraid of,” he added.

Further, Villegas lamented the kind of stories that some media institutions are airing, citing them as “unfair to the people who need hope at this time.”

On Tuesday, a “flesh-eating disease” in Pangasinan had caused panic to the Filipino community, linking it to the prophesies of the Indian prophet named Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj which led a gathering for the religious group “Jesus Ministries” at the Cuneta Astrodome last April 2013 about a number of events which are going to happen in the Philippines in the near future. His followers further linked his prophesies to the Bohol earthquake on October 15, 2013 and the Super Typhoon Yolanda that has devastated Tacloban on November 8, 2013.

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