‘Jesus of the Poor’ gets rockstar welcome in Bohol

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The icon “Jesus of the Poor” in Bohol (Photo: Fray Jaazeal Jakosalem, OAR)

TAGBILARAN City, Bohol, July 30, 2015—Boholano Catholics went all out in welcoming “Jesus of the Poor,” a Filipinized icon made specially for the Years of Consecrated Life and of the Poor, and blessed no less than by Pope Francis himself during his Philippine trip in January.

Pray for religious vocations

“Pray for our consecrated men and women in the island of Bohol. The Boholano vocations in religious life from the island are our gifts to the Church,” said Fr. Florante Camacho, SVD, the Vicar for Religious of the Diocese of Tagbilaran, in a recent statement.

For their part, consecrated men and women from all over Bohol organized the welcoming event held on the street leading to the city’s St. Joseph Cathedral, and was attended by hundreds of the local Visayan faithful.

‘Iconic tour’

Among the crowd were young Boholanos who had taken part in a vigil the night before, and were inspired by the challenges the Holy Father raises in his encyclical “Laudato si’.”

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In an effort to make it better known, the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) had tasked Fray Jaazeal Jakosalem, the “writer” of the icon, along with Fray Raymund Alcedo, both religious brothers from the Order of the Augustinian Recollects, (OAR) to accompany Jesus of the Poor in its visits to the various religious communities and dioceses of the country.

Christ wears ‘kamiseta’

Likewise, in line with the ongoing celebration of the Years of Consecrated Life and of the Poor, the religious brother told CBCP News that AMRSP is coming out with other activities related to its advocacies.

Quite unlike most icons, Jesus of the Poor features Christ wearing a “kamiseta,” the everyday shirt the average Filipino man wears.

The icon is expected to remain in the Visayan island-province until Friday, July 31, 2015, before it moves to the Dioceses of San Carlos, Bacolod, Dumaguete, and Kabankalan, respectively. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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