Catholics take part in a prayer rally organized by the Concerned Catholics of Guam yesterday at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagåtña. The rally was held to demonstrate the group’s displeasure with some of the decisions made by Archbishop Anthony Apuron in the administration of the archdiocese.
Hundreds of Guam Catholics gathered for a motorcade and prayer rally appealing for justice, accountability, and action in the Archdiocese of Agana. The event began with a motorcade from difference village regions to the rally site on the front steps of the Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna.
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Here is a press release from yesterday from the CCOG:
Guam Catholics gather for prayer rally and motorcade
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Monday, May 3, 2015
Hundreds of Guam Catholics gathered yesterday for an island-wide motorcade and prayer rally on the front steps of the Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna. The motorcade was divided into several regions assigned to village parishes and mayor’s offices. Cars were decorated with yellow and white ribbons and posters stating “I Love My Catholic Church,” “KATOLIKU,” and “JUSTICE. ACCOUNTABILITY. ACTION.”
The prayer rally was a grassroots effort to appeal for justice, accountability, and action from local church leadership concerning recent controversies involving the removal of two local priests, church finances, and the conveyance of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary property in Yona to the Neo-Catechumenal Way. The rally began with the singing of Chamorro traditional hymns and the Divine Mercy Prayer and concluded with the release of a rosary balloon as participants sang “Katoliku”.
“The motorcade and prayer rally was a tremendous success and was clear indication that Guam Catholics are very much concerned with the lack of leadership from Archbishop Apuron,” said Greg Perez, president of the Concerned Catholics of Guam.
“The sad reality is that our appeal for leadership and answers to our concerns have been ignored by a leader who has stood silent on every issue placed before him. Archbishop Apuron’s inaction is a deafening silence and we will continue to press forward to restore faith in our church leadership and to bring unity and healing to a very divided church.
“I thank the volunteers for sharing their time, talent, and resources in organizing this event. Additionally, I express my sincere appreciation to those who took time out of their busy Sunday to pray with us and I am confident that our message, through patience and perseverance, will be heard,” said Perez.
Media Inquiries: Please contact Greg Perez at 727-3233 or David Sablan at 482-4647