MANILA—The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged Filipinos to never lose hope as a new year begins.
"Let us pray that they would never lose hope, the goodness of the Lord and faith and love and care for the Lord," CBCP president and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles said in his message ushering in 2018.
In a statement released Sunday, Valles also prayed for Filipinos who are suffering, especially those affected by the recent storms.
"Let us pray for all and each one, so that when we welcome the New Year even with darkness and so much suffering we will keep our faith in the mercy and compassion of the Lord," he said.
"Let us pray that many people of goodwill, communities and many organizations will never tire to bring aid, help and comfort to those who are suffering."
The central and southern parts of the country were pummeled earlier this month by tropical cyclone Vinta, which left 240 people dead and scores missing, and tropical depression Urduja.