MARILAO, Bulacan, Jan. 19, 2017— Hundreds of foreign delegates of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM4) visited “places of mercy” in the Diocese of Bulacan on Thursday as part of their pilgrimage in the country.
More than 600 delegates from 40 countries visited about 15 charitable institutions where they were shown the corporal and spiritual works of mercy of the diocese for street children, elderly, abused women and children, patients with mental illness, among others.
At the Sto. Niño Bethany Orphanage House in Guiguinto town, children abandoned by their parents greeted around 100 WACOM4 delegates from Papua New Guinea and Cameroon with song and dance.
“The young ones are also excited to share how the Divine Mercy has worked in their lives,” said Sr. Yna Suello, a daycare coordinator at the orphanage.
“Some of the kids’ families are extremely poor, that’s why they had to leave their children here. Others were single parents who couldn’t care for their children,” she said.
The pilgrims toured the facility and spent time interacting with the children.
“We usually have lots of visitors during Christmas, our children are really happy that we have lots of different visitors today,” Suello added.
Among the charitable institutions the foreign delegates visited were:
- Galilee Homes and the Dumagat community in Dona Remedios Trinidad
- Bahay ni San Martin;
- Nazareth Home for Street Children;
- Hospicio San Juan de Dios for Women in Bustos
The other places of mercy include the Bethlehem House of Bread in Baliuag; Bahay Pangarap, Ephesus House, Tahanan ni Mother Rita in Guiguinto; Tahanang Mapagpala, Emmaus House of Apostolate in Malolos City; Lingap Bata Center, Bahay Kalinga in Sta. Maria; and Hospicio San Juan de Dios for Men in Bocaue. (CBCPNews)