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The Philippine Daily Inquirer's Jocelyn R. Uy reports that in his speech during the 6th National Charismatic Congress held in Pasay City last Thursday (May 31), Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani said that "instead of going to gatherings by the Church, more people now prefer to attend events organized by charismatic groups mainly because of the 'livelier' and more intense speeches delivered by their preachers." The report quoted Bacani, who observed, "You'll notice that even if the speeches of these preachers are long, the people are awake. But when we (priests) are giving long homilies, the people are asleep."
Bacani went on to commend the preachers of religious groups: "You'll see that (wakefulness) in the people attending El Shaddai, Soldiers of Christ and the gatherings of Bro. Bo Sanchez." The bishop hoped that the priests with "ho-hum" homilies would consider his observations as a "wake-up call."
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