Malacañang on Thursday joined the Catholic faithful in celebrating the annual feast of the Black Nazarene.
“We join the faithful and the devotees in celebrating the feast of the Black Nazarene. The annual event is one of the strongest manifestations of our faith,” Presidential Communications Secretary Hermino Coloma Jr. said in a press conference.
According to him, the Aquino administration affirms the call of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to “pray, follow, and witness Jesus Christ.”
He said that they are also one with Tagle’s call to work for the rehabilitation of areas hit by calamities and eradicating corruption.
“We affirm the call of Cardinal [Luis] Tagle that as Christians, we should exercise our faith and manifest our love of God both in though and in deed. As he said, ‘Ang hindi nakakalimot sa Diyos, hindi nakakalimot sa kapwa,'” Coloma said.
“We are one with the Filipino people and the entire Catholic community in praying and working for the rehabilitation of calamity areas while remaining vigilant in eradicating corruption and institutionalizing reforms through good governance,” he added.
Earlier Thursday, Tagle took a dig against corruption during his homily at a Mass marking the Feast of the Black Nazarene at the Quirino Grandstand.
Tagle also called on Filipinos not to forget the victims of calamities including those in past years. CATHERINE S. VALENTE