By CRIS DIAZ
CAGAYAN de Oro City–More than 4,000 parishioners from the 26 mission churches of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) in Northern Mindanao converged Thursday in Cagayan De Oro City to bring the message of peace on the occasion of the IFI’s 115th anniversary this year.
Bishop Felixberto Calang, of the Diocese of Cagayan De Oro City, led the congregation during the concelebrated mass with Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Cagayan De Oro City.
Father Gerry Fuentes, the IFI media liaison, said that the IFI in Cagayan De Oro joined the nationwide observance of the Church’s 115th anniversary with “working for peace” as its focal theme.
This year’s celebration focuses on the theme: “Make every effort to do what leads to peace” (Romans 14:19),” Fuentes said.
He said that both provincial governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano, of Misamis Oriental and Arbishop Ledesma delivered their separate solidarity message of peace.
In his message, Emano congratulated the IFI for being a partner of the provincial government’s effort to maintain peace in the province and vowed to support all peaceful endeavors of the Church.
Fuentes said that the spiritual leaders from different churches also rendered their messages of solidarity for peace.
The IFI conveners launched a cultural program Thursday afternoon to dramatize the historical struggle of the Church for over 100 years, Fuentes said.
He said that a candle light for peace based on justice was held to urge the government to resume the peace talk with the National Democratic Front (NDF), the release of Bishop Carlo Morales, the lifting of Martial Law in Mindanao, and a stop of the bombing runs in Marawi City.
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