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Published February 26, 2010, 10:52 AM

Filipino bishops pray for rain to break dry spell

MANILA, Philippines — Some bishops in the Philippines are including special prayers for rain this weekend to help break a three-month dry spell that has led to power rationing and crop damage.

By: Associated Press,

MANILA, Philippines — Some bishops in the Philippines are including special prayers for rain this weekend to help break a three-month dry spell that has led to power rationing and crop damage.

The government says the drought has caused agricultural losses of $81 million and has promised support for farmers. Water levels in some dams have dropped to critical levels, and blackouts have been reported in the southern region.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu in the central Philippines said Friday it will lead the faithful in saying special prayers during Sunday Mass.

One archbishop, however, thinks seeking divine intervention may be too early. Onesimo Gordoncillo says the drought is seasonal and people should have faith that nature will run its course.

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