‘Barkada ni Pedro’ prayer network launched

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CEBU City, August 22, 2012?Blessed Pedro Calungsod may have never known Facebook, but young people calling themselves his barkada are setting up an online prayer network in his name.

The Cebu Archdiocesan Youth Commission created the ‘Barkada ni Pedro’ (BNP), an online prayer network where people in need of prayers can get in touch with others who would want to pray for other people’s intentions.

In an interview, Marlito Cabigas, a member of the Youth Commission core group, said being part of BNP will help people follow the young martyr’s example of selflessness.

“[Blessed Pedro] was so concerned about Padre Diego, his companions, the Chamorros’ welfare. BNP makes you forget yourself in order to think of other people. [It] tells you that you can help a lot of people though your prayer,” he added.

BNP was launched last August 6, the feast of the Transfiguration and a day before the 345th anniversary of Blessed Pedro’s departure for his mission to the Marianas islands.

The symbolic first intention was posted by Msgr. Arthur Navales, PC, Chairman of the Youth Commission of Cebu archdiocese.

By typing “PRAY BOX” before an intention, BNP’s network of pray-ers will be alerted to a person’s prayer request on the FB page’s wall.

Examples of prayer requests would read like the following: “PRAY BOX: I will be having a job interview tomorrow. Prayers please!” or “PRAY BOX: My sister is sick. I hope you guys could include her in your prayers.”

To join this online community, simply go to https://www.facebook.com/barkadanipedro and click “like”. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]


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