• Thieves don’t spare Pampanga church bells

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    The pealing of bells, as feng shui has it, clears away the malignant energies in areas that can be reached by its sound. Apparently, malignant thieves have become immune to such—and cannot be driven away.

    San Fernando Auxiliary Bishop Pablo David told the Catholic priests in Pampanga on Wednesday to strengthen security measures over their church bells after two church bells were stolen in San Vicente recently.

    Other parish churches and chapels in the country are also keeping a close watch on the bells of their respected parishes to avoid the repetition of an early January incident where two church bells were stolen from a small church in Bacolor town.

    The stolen bells used to be the instrumental in alerting the village residents when they have to evacuate from the lahar flows after Mt. Pinatubo erupted in 1991.

    David explained that this kind of incident also happened in several parishes such as Angeles, Magalang and Porac and is not new in the archdiocese.

    Old church bells became the favored target of the thieves because of their historical value and bronze make, Fr. Genaro Diwa, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Commission on Liturgy said.

    Malolos parishes have already increased security measures over Church properties following the Malolos Bishop Jose Oliver order to be alert especially in barangay chapels.

    Liezl Bigata

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