VALENZUELA City, Jan. 30, 2017 – Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo told hundreds of Marian devotees and pilgrims to help spread the Blessed Virgin’s message at Fatima, Portugal during the National Launching of the Fatima Centennial Celebration, Sunday, Jan. 29 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Marulas in this city.
The national spiritual director of World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) Philippines urged the faithful to learn, live, and spread the message of Fatima which is one ofrepentance and continual conversion, saying the Virgin Mary is “depending on us to spread the message of Fatima far and wide.”
Giving a talk with the theme “Glory to you, Queen of Peace: Fatima as Message of Peace”, the prelate also talked about the war waging in the world between good and evil.
“We must survive warfare but it is most often the spiritual warfare brought on by the evils of our time with each attack on life, the family and our faith,” explained Lagdameo. “No doubt, our Lady is protecting us from many spiritual assaults that are not as obvious as an atomic bomb but are nevertheless real.”
“Virgin Mary told us that to achieve spiritual victory, we need to live holy lives of virtues. We need to pray and offer our sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. And, the most effective weapon after the holy sacrifice of the Mass is the rosary.”
Meanwhile, in a press briefing held after the Mass, Digos Bishop Guillermo Afable, who is also the CBCP’s Appointed Liaison Bishop for the centennial celebration, said the message of Fatima is “relevant and urgent in our times.”
“The correct practice of our faith, which includes prayer, penance, and conversion, has a lot to say about bringing about change in our society… a change for the better,” he said.
Organized by the parish and WAF Philippines, a concelebrated Mass presided over by Lagdameo with Afable, Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaporo, Nueva Ecija Bishop Roberto Mallari, Laoag Bishop Renato Mayugba, Batanes Bishop Camilo Gregorio, parish priest Msgr. Bartolome Santos Jr., and other members of the Malolos clergy highlighted the event. (Myraine Carluen-Policarpio / CBCP News)