Be kind-hearted on feast of Immaculate Conception – Andanar
MANILA, Philippines — “Mary’s faithfulness, humility, simplicity, and thoughtfulness are truly admirable virtues to elevate at a time where there is much strife in the modern world.”
Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) issued this message on Sunday, Dec. 8, as Catholics celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
“May we remember Mary’s selfless acceptance of her sinless conception of our Lord Jesus Christ which led to the realization of God’s planned and promised salvation,” Andanar said in a statement.
“Let this realization serve as a reminder for everyone to be kind-hearted, humble, and kind to each other as we continue to live by God’s teachings and to fulfill His commandments,” he added.
According to the Catholic tradition, Immaculate Conception marks the day that the Blessed Virgin Mary, free of original, conceived Jesus Christ.
In December 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 10966, which declared Dec. 8 of every year as a special non-working holiday in celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
In his message on Sunday, Duterte encouraged the public to work in solidarity and build a progressive nation
“May you be inspired by the Immaculate Conception to continue fostering peace and understanding among every citizen regardless of their faith. It is my hope that you will remain committed in realizing genuine and lasting change so that everyone may attain their hopes and dreams,” Duterte said.
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