MANILA, Philippines (CNS): More than 70,000 people gathered to pray to Mary for peace in the Philippines and for the resignation of the country’s President Joseph Estrada amid allegations of corruption.
The people prayed the Rosary at the November 4 rally and invoked, “Mother Mary, we beg you bring peace to our land” after Scripture readings and reflections on the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother.
Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila, who called for the prayer rally, said, “We are here to pray for the president … because he needs enlightenment and courage … to live in the grace of God.”
The cardinal said “resignation from the presidency would be good for (Estrada’s) soul” as the office “has become an occasion of sin for him”.
“His immoral life – high-stakes gambling, his women and mistresses, his drinking sessions, his association with friends of doubtful character – has worsened through the past two years” since his election, Cardinal Sin said.