Tagle, religious leaders to attend 'One Nation in Prayer'

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 16 2014 03:02 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2014 11:02 PM

MANILA - Leaders of various faiths, including Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, will join President Aquino at the Palace on Monday for the National Day of Prayer of Solidarity in memory of those who perished from calamities that recently hit the country.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said those participating in the event, dubbed as "One Nation in Prayer” (Isang Bansa, Isang Panalangin), are Police Superintendent Imam Ebra Moxsir of the Imam Council of the Philippines, Commissioner Zenaida Pawid of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples, Isaias Samson of Iglesia ni Cristo, and a representative from the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches.

Asked if Tagle's attendance is a sign of warming up of relations between the Palace and the Catholic Church, Coloma said the Palace has been reaching out to leaders of all faiths.

Residents from affected communities of the Zamboanga standoff, the Bohol earthquake, and typhoon "Yolanda" are expected to be present.

Members of Congress and other government officials are also expected to attend.

"We call on all citizens to pause and join 'One Nation in Prayer' in their respective homes, communities, places of work and worship on Monday, January 20," Coloma said.