Aug 292014

Philippine military Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak on Friday sought prayers for some 75 Filipino United Nations peacekeepers locked in a standoff with armed Syrian rebels in Golan Heights.

Tumulak said a Filipino military chaplain is with the Philippine contingent that has rejected rebels’ demand to give up their arms.

An article posted late Friday on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news site said Tumulak called on Filipinos to pray for the troopers’ safety. 

In the meantime, Tumulak said the Filipino chaplain, whose identity he did not reveal, was part of the country’s contingent under the UN Disengagement Observer Force.

He said chaplains “take care of the spiritual needs” of Filipino peacekeepers.

Tumulak added chaplains preside over Masses inside military installations, hear confessions, provide spiritual counseling and spiritual direction. Joel Locsin/NB, GMA News

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