MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday urged Catholic Filipinos to use lessons they learned from saints and departed loved ones to bring about positive change to society.
In his message for All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day, Duterte noted how saints and departed loved ones have “enriched our faith and made a profound impact in our lives.”
“Truly, there are so many lessons to learn and so much wisdom to gain from our saints and dearly departed loved ones,” he said in a statement.
The President urged Filipinos observing the special dates to “reflect on how we can become agents of positive change in our society,” adding that one should contemplate on how they can “make our country and this world a much better place for ourselves and for future generations.”
“Their pursuit brought us closer to God and affected each of us on a deep and personal level. Their lives inspire us to build on their legacy, to make our mark in this world and to dedicate ourselves to causes that are greater than our own self-interest. Their deeds remind us that, like them, we are capable of bringing hope and joy to many people,” Duterte said.
The President, who was raised a Catholic, is currently in Japan for an official visit, his second trip to Asia’s second wealthiest nation. He is set to come home Tuesday night, in time for the observance of All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day.