By J. Jala | 04:05 PM December 08, 2021
President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos to “be kind to one another” as Catholics marked the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on Wednesday, Dec. 8.
In a statement, Duterte said the feast, which celebrates the doctrine that preserved the mother of Christ from original sin from her conception, is “also an affirmation of the virtues of a mother’s pure and unconditional love.”
“Let us all draw strength from the holy life and example of the Virgin Mary so we may remain steadfast, joyous and hopeful amidst the many challenges we face today as a nation,” the President said in a statement.
“May her Immaculate Conception guide us all, whatever faith we may hold, to be kind to one another during these trying times as we look forward to a better future in this life and beyond,” he added.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a special non-working holiday.
In Bohol, the towns of Catigbian, Sierra Bullones, Duero and Baclayon celebrate the feast.