Community Response

Diocese of Novaliches launches ‘E-Pray’ for COVID-19 patients

LGUs can coordinate with religious institutions to bring these kinds of services to citizens.

The Diocese of Novaliches has launched an online platform to reach out to isolated COVID-19 patients.

The "E-Pray," an initiative of the Novaliches Diocese’s social communications ministry, allows a patient to connect to a priest for spiritual counseling and prayer.

According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the project uses Google Form, a free web-based application, where people can type in their contact details such as mobile number or messenger account so that a priest could get in touch with them.

The platform will be manned by a number of volunteers who will match any sick person with a priest available.

Around 30 priests from across the country and one from New York have so far volunteered to listen and pray with the COVID-19 patients.

However, they can only offer to pray for those requesting for a sick to be anointed or those requesting for confession.

Atrticle on E-Pray
This project is supported by The Asia Foundation in cooperation with the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
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