[PHOTO - AFTER THE SERMON President Benigno S. Aquino III speaks with Bishop Leopoldo S. Tumulak after the Holy Mass and ‘Prayer of Entrustment of Our Country and People to Mother Mary’ at the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Pasay City Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. (Photo by ALI VICOY)]

MANILA, FEBRUARY 12, 2012 (BULLETIN) By JC BELLO RUIZ - President Benigno S. Aquino III asked Saturday for guidance from God in achieving his hope for "a society of truth and freedom, of genuine justice and solidarity for all, of love and peace."

On Saturday, the President attended the prayer for public officials in the celebration of the Catholic Church’s Universal Day for the Sick at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.

In the "Prayer of Entrustment of our Country and People to Mother Mary," led by the President, he asked for guidance so that his administration could overcome the difficulties the country has been facing to achieve justice, reforms and progress.

"You know how strong our desire is and how difficult the task has been, for us to raise up for ourselves, a society of truth and freedom, of genuine justice and solidarity for all, of love and peace; a society where all may have work and due livelihood, food enough on their tables, homes for their families and security for their children; dignity in community; inviolable respect for life in all its stages; of self-giving, compassion and sharing; a society where everyone is – in some true measure – brother, sister and friend."

"All these we long and work for, but we know we cannot truly bring about, except with God’s gracious guidance, His constant help, the wisdom and strength and courage only He can give us, in His fidelity and love," a portion of Aquino's prayer stated.

The event, held at the Shrine of Saint Therese of Child Jesus, was also attended by some members of the President’s Cabinet, government officials, police and military officials as well as church leaders.

“Today, Blessed Mother, as we move forward to the 500th year of the Christianization of this land, you bring our lives the purposes and aspirations, our labors and strivings, for you and for Jesus your son,” the President said in his prayer to the Virgin Mary.

The event is also part of the "A Million Roses for the World" campaign initiated by the Family Rosary Crusade of the Philippines. The campaign is intended for Filipinos living in the Philippines and other parts of the world to pray the rosary for world peace.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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