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Philippines: cardinal orders prayers of reparation for blasphemous art exhibit; exorcist leads rite

Catholic World News - August 15, 2011

Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales of Manila has called for prayers of reparation for a blasphemous art exhibit.

“As Church we will kneel before our loving God to pray and seek reparation for this public sin,” the cardinal said. He directed pastors to receive the prayer of reparation at all Masses during the week beginning August 21.

Following the celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form, Father Michelle Joe Zerrudo, an exorcist in the Diocese of Cubao, offered a rite of reparation outside the Cultural Center of the Philippines, where the blasphemous art exhibit had been shown and then shut down.

“This is an act of love for God to make up for the lack of love,” said Father Zerrudo. “Regardless of what has been done, we would like to tell the Lord that we would like to do reparation for whatever has been done against Him.”

Father Zerrudo then led a procession of nuns, seminarians, and laity bearing images of Christ and the Blessed Virgin.

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