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Our hopes for world peace this Easter Sunday

The violence that has hit many parts of the world for years continued unabated this year. Holy Week this year was a particularly grievous one for Egypt and its Coptic Christians. Last Palm Sunday, 49 were killed and over a hundred were wounded when Islamic State extremists bombed two churches in Alexandria and in Tanta.

In recent decades, Holy Week in the country had taken a modified direction, partly due to the aggressive shift among Filipinos towards commercialism. Religious reenactments that should be appreciated as a manifest display of our solemn fidelity to the religious significance of the season, have been subsumed in favor of mundane options.

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Umapela si Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada sa libu-libong devotees na dadagsa sa mga simbahan sa capital city sa Holy Week na maging responsible sa pagtatapon ng kanilang mga basura.

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Concerned government agencies have been placed on heightened alert to ensure the safety and convenience of travelers and pilgrims during the Holy Week.

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The Manila Police District (MPD) has warned Manileños going on vacation against posting their Holy Week itinerary and photos on social networking sites.

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“Keep and maintain the prayerful atmosphere of the Holy Week. It is through remaining silent while caring for our natural environment that we are able to deepen our reflections this Holy Week.”

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