[PHOTO AT LEFT - Cebu Archdiocese Cardinal Vidal celebrates the first Mass of the Simbang Gabi at the San Roque Church in Pasil. Photo by FERDINAND EDRALIN]

MANILA, DECEMBER 17, 2007  (STAR) The message of Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardina Vidal, during the first of nine Misa de Gallo that he celebrated at a church in Pasil yesterday, was filled with concern and sadness over the rising cases of abortion, especially during this Christmas season of the birth of the Child Jesus.

Vidal told the faithful that he was alarmed by the series of reported finds of human fetuses in the city, the center of Sto. Niño pilgrims, since the start of Christmas this December.

These fetuses, are helpless angels deprived of life even before they were born, said the cardinal. “It is so sad to note that this helpless, innocent children suffered greatly from the sins of their parents,” Vidal said.

The City Police Homicide Section already recorded eight cases of found fetuses and new-borns in different parts of the city. One of those found was already a full-grown, newborn baby boy placed in a plastic basket and thrown in barangay Kalunasan.

Last Friday, two fetuses were found. First in the morning was when a certain Tito Lasco reported to the police about his find of a human fetus from an open drainage near the doorstep of a house on Katipunan Street in barangay Labangon where he has been working as a caregiver.

A few hours after, another fetus was reportedly found by children who were playing at the Cebu City Veterans Memorial Park in Balaga Drive also in Labangon. The fetus was placed in a glass canister (garapon).

CCPO director Patrocinio Comendador has already ordered the Homicide Section to investigate extensively this series of abortion cases in the city.

Vidal mentioned Pope Benedict the XVI’s strong criticism against people who hurt children through abuse and prostitution.

Pope Benedict, in his noon-day December 8 prayer during the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, lamented over “unscrupulous adults” who victimized children through abortion, sexual abuse, and prostitution.

Even the most sacred things like the human body, the temple of God of love and life, have been turned into objects of consumption, said the pope.

[PHOTO AT LEFT - SIMBANG GABI: Catholics attend the first of nine daily dawn Masses before Christmas day at the Parish of St. Joseph Bamboo Organ church in Las Piñas yesterday. Photo By EDD GUMBAN]

Vidal had decided to celebrate the dawn Masses from one parish to another, which bears the different titles of Jesus Christ, following the Pastoral Thrust of the Archdiocese.

After his first Mass at the Sto. Niño parish church in Pasil, Vidal will celebrate today at the Parish of the Holy Family in Maguikay, Mandaue City, then on Tuesday he will be at the Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on D. Jakosalem Street.

By Wednesday, Vidal will hold the Mass at the Parish of the Alliance of Two Hearts in Banawa, then the next day will be at the Parish of Christ the King in Alang-alang, Mandaue City.

The succeeding Masses of Vidal will be held as follows: Parish of the Christ in Agony also at Casuntingan, Mandaue City; Holy Cross Parish in Basak, Cebu City; Parish of the Blessed Sacrament in Reclamation Area; and finally at the Parish of Sto. Niño de Mohon in Talisay City. — Ferliza C. Contratista and Edwin Ian Melecio/RAE

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