THE Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene denied that the planned Penitential Walk on June 1 would be a political rally, saying it was also declared as a ‘Day of Prayer and Fasting’ and that only priests from the Archdiocese of Manila will be participating.
Rev. Fr. Douglas Badong, Parochial Vicar of Quiapo Church. said they will not allow others to join particularly in the walk from Quiapo Church to Sta. Cruz Church.
Badong said the priests of the archdiocese will serve as the representatives of the devotees from different parishes to ask for the Lord’s guidance and mercy amid the challenges being faced by the country right now.
“Linawin lang po natin, ito po ay gagawin pangungunahan ng mga Pari hindi po pupwedeng sumama ang mga tao sa prusisyon o sa paglalakad para po hindi tayo masita na parang nangunguna tayo sa pagsuway, sa paglabag ng protocol kasi sabi nga po walang prosisyon so ito po ay hindi prosisyon kundi maglalakad lang po ang mga Pari papunta dun sa Sta. Cruz Church,” Badong said.
He also explained that the activity has nothing to do with politics and that it is not a rally but a prayer event asking for an end to COVID-19.
Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the event has been given a go signal by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.