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The majority of Filipino Catholics were capable of meeting their obligations during Holy Week, results of a survey conducted by the Church-run Radyo Veritas indicated.
Radyo Veritas on Monday released the findings of its Veritas Truth Survey (VTS), which revealed that 58 percent of Filipino Catholics were able to fulfill their penitential obligations without encountering any challenges.
In the survey, 1,200 participants obtained from text message or online platforms were asked about the penitential obligation they struggled with the most during the season of Lent and Holy Week.
The highest percentage of difficulty was reported by 26 percent of the respondents, who found fasting to be the most challenging penitential obligation.
Ten percent of the respondents had difficulty with almsgiving, while 3 percent reported struggling with abstinence, and an additional 3 percent found it challenging to fulfill their prayer obligations.
“[I]t is encouraging to see these survey results which show that most Filipino Catholics remain steadfast in their penitential obligations during this blessed season,” Fr. Anton Pascual, president of Radyo Veritas, said in a press release.
Lent is a time of spiritual preparation for the commemoration of the Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, which marks the conclusion of Holy Week.
Holy Week started on Palm Sunday, April 2, and will come to a close on Easter Sunday, April 9. John Ezekiel J. Hirro