MANILA, (PNA) — Catholic prelates praised the decision of US President Barack Obama to postpone the planned strike against Syria while the US Congress debated the issue.
Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles thanked God for listening to what he called the voice of the people.
“Thank God. Mama Mary, Mediatrix of all grace, bring peace (Christ) once again to the world,” he said in a text message.
For his part, retired Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez believes that Obama may have listened to the call of Pope Francis.
“Baka ganun nangyari. That we were one with the Holy Father in celebrating that day as a day of prayer and fasting for peace,” he added
The bishop is happy with the decision to postpone the planned strike by US forces.
“Yes, I am happy, Baka that is the beginning to the answer of prayer and fasting and sacrifice,” he said.
On the other hand, Msgr. Joselito Asis, secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said the power of prayers has touched powerful forces after they changed their minds in launching an attack.
“Indeed the power of prayers is being felt especially if the whole world join together. Praise God, pray more,” he added.
On Wednesday, Obama asked Congress to defer putting on the table the strike vote.