MANILA, September 20, 2012—Come October 18, a special pilgrimage organized by the Council of the Laity of the Philippines or Laiko will be bringing lay Filipinos to Rome for Blessed Pedro Calungsod’s canonization.
According to National Laiko President Atty. Aurora Santiago, some 45 pilgrims have initially registered for the pilgrimage, which is scheduled to take them around Italy until October 27.
An extended pilgrimage is also open until October 31, which will include visits to Marian pilgrimage sites all over Europe like Lourdes, France; Milan, Italy; Montserrat, Spain; and Monaco in the French Riviera.
Atty. Santiago explained, everyone who wants to join the pilgrimage has to attend the catecheses on Blessed Pedro Calungsod to know more about the life and example of the young martyr, whom together with San Lorenzo Ruiz, will be a patron of the laity of the Philippines.
Parañaque Bishop and Chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on the Laity Bishop Jesse Mercado will be the pilgrimage’s chaplain.
Pilgrims who have signed up for the pilgrimage come from Manila, Quezon City, Batangas, among others.
Most of the pilgrims come from the Cursillos in Christianity and the Catholic Women’s League.
For inquiries, contact the Laiko Office at (02) 527-5388. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]