THE Catholic Church has deemed it necessary to seek divine intervention to address the impending long dry spell that threatens to affect the whole country until next year as a result of the El Nino phenomenon.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Friday issued a circular calling on all priests, religious communities and heads of secular institutes in the Archdiocese of Manila to pray the Oratio Imperata Ad Petendam Pluvian or Oratio Imperata for the Impending Drought.
“This impending situation brings us to the brink of helplessness, but not hopelessness, as we turn to God our Father, to turn His mercy on us and shorten the life of El Niño and bring down the rain to avert the crisis,” Tagle said.
“In praying to Him for His compassion and benevolence, we also seek His forgiveness for our ecological sins-our neglect and abuse of the environment, our ‘throw-away’ culture, and our failures as stewards of His creation,” the prelate added.
Earlier, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has forecast that the El Niño will intensify to a new record high.
The prolonged drought would seriously affect about 46 provinces.