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Monday, January 20, 2014

PNoy Leads the National Day of Prayer Today

Pres. Aquino makes the Sign of the Cross in this series of images taken during a prayer event in Malacanang on May 1, 2012. Politics takes a backseat today as PNoy leads the National Day of Prayer in Malcanang.The interfaith assembly, dubbed "One Nation in Prayer" seeks to remember the lives lost to tragedies in 2013 and seek strength in pushing forward a united nation, according to the palace. PCO Sec. Coloma said the event also seeks "to thank the God Almighty for the nation's strength and resilience and to seek the divine guidance as the country moves forward to rebuild the affected communities." Coloma made clear that the religious affair is not connected with the anniversary of the EDSA People Power 2 which falls on the same date. The controversial popular revolt ousted then Pres. Erap and installed Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to the presidency in Jan. 2001. Invited to the prayer event, which begins at 5 pm in Malcanang are representatives of the affected communities of the Zamboanga standoff, Bohol Earthquake and Super Typhoon Yolanda. Coloma encourages the public to pause and join the day of prayer in their homes and places of work. In a statement earlier posted on the Official Gazette, the palace said the prayer assembly will be "both a solemn commemoration of the tragedies of 2013 as well as the time of thanksgiving."The palace recognized that the tragic events last year, including the Zamboanga siege, Earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, an onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas were "trying times for the Pilipino people, testing resolve and determination for a stable, peaceful and prosperous future." The past Philippine Constitutions have always acknowledged the presence of a Divine Being according to a briefer prepared by the Palace.      
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