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On May 9, the CBCP is urging dioceses to ring bells.

MANILA, Philippines — On Election Day, May 9, the country’s Catholic bishops have asked churches to sound their bells.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released a circular on _____day urging churches to ring their bells for 10 minutes at the opening of voting precincts at 6 a.m. on Monday.

“This is to urge our faithful to vote in the spirit of prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to enlighten their consciences in their choice of new national and local leaders for our country,” stated CBCP president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

“We urge the Holy Spirit to drive away the demonic spirits that inspire desperate candidates and their supporters to engage in vote-buying, fraudulent practices, threats, intimidation, and acts of violence through our prayers of solidarity.”

The CBCP asked for prayers for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and its partner agencies and groups to “effectively carry out their responsibilities” in order to have a clean, honest, accurate, meaningful, and peaceful election.

For the national and local elections, David, on the other hand, has asked for three days of “intensive prayer.”

On May 8-10, Pope requested dioceses to keep their parish churches open all day, with the Blessed Sacrament exposed for devotion.

“We can only fight this battle the best way we know how — via prayer and wise action,” David explained.

He also exhorted the faithful to pray the rosary, as well as the Litany of Our Lady of Loreto, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and the Oratio Imperata for the Elections, while keeping vigil before the Blessed Sacrament.

Consecrated persons’ groups, particularly contemplatives, have been urged to do the same in their convent chapels.

More than 65 million registered voters will vote on May 9 for national and municipal positions, including the new president and vice president of the country.

The voting will stop at 7 p.m. on Monday.

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