Catholic prelate lauds the Indonesian government decision suspending the execution of Mary Jane Veloso

April 30, 2015 6:08 am 

MANILA, April 29 — An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMIP) lauded on Wednesday the decision of the Indonesian government suspending the execution of Mary Jane Veloso.

“It is a welcome relief for all of us, a life will not be wasted, an innocent life will not be lost. Thanks be to God, Mary Jane is spared from painful death,” said CBCP-ECMIP Chairman Bishop Ruperto Santos.

He also acknowledged the power of prayer and the grace from God for listening to the prayers of the people.

“We are grateful to God. God is with us, listening to our collective prayers. And we continue to pray for Mary Jane. Prayer is power, our strength. Truly there is always hope. God always helps,” Santos said.

The Balanga prelate added, “So that justice may be served and the innocence of Mary Jane may finally be established, let those who victimized her be prosecuted.”

At the same time, the Catholic prelate asked the government to create more jobs for the Filipinos so that they will no longer seek jobs abroad.

“We humbly appeal for our government officials to create more and better jobs, decent, secured and stable — so that they don't have to migrate for greener pastures,” he said.

Santos also asked the Filipino people “to continue to pray unceasingly and protect our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).” (PNA)

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