MANILA - The Catholic Church in the Philippines is also urging an end to the conflict in Syria.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) News reported that the Catholic Church in the Philippines will join Pope Francis for prayer and fasting on September 7 to end conflict in Syria.
Monsignor Joselito Asis, secretary general of the CBCP, said: “We call on the bishops to heed the call of Pope Francis and join in prayer for peace in Syria and the whole world.”
The Syrian conflict is a civil war between the Syrian Army of Ba'ath government and protesters. It began on 15 March 2011 with popular demonstrations that grew nationwide by April 2011.
Around 1,429 people have already died, including 426 children, from chemical weapon attacks.
Pope Francis earlier called for the world to unite and join him in praying for peace for Syria and other areas where there is conflict.
Bishops in Manila, Cubao and Iloilo promised to participate in similar activities.
In Manila, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged all priests and rectors of the archdiocese to join the morning Mass on Saturday for the people of Syria.
Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said similar activities will be held in all churches under his diocese.
In Iloilo, Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo also directed all his priests to join the initiative.