CEBU CITY, Oct. 18, 2011—With Sogod, Southern Leyte as the starting point, a group of Catholic faithful from the Visayas is embarking on a Marian Caravan for Life.
The month-long pilgrimage, organized by Human Life International (HLI) Pilipinas and the Confraternity of Our Lady Mediatrix of All Grace, will include visits to parish churches in the Dioceses of Maasin and Naval during the next three days, targeting 10 big parishes and two cathedrals along the route.
The 3-day portion of the Caravan will culminate in Ormoc City’s Sts. Peter & Paul Church after visiting the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Naval, said Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer, HLI Pilipinas country director.
“A replica of the beautiful Image of Our Lady of Mediatrix of All Grace will be used during this event. Naval Bishop Filomeno Bactol, DD of Naval and Maasin Bishop Precioso Cantillas, SDB, DD of Maasin have urged the faithful to welcome the image and actively take part in this religious event,” Bullecer added.
Next on the itinerary of the Marian Caravan for Life in the coming weeks are churches in the Dioceses of Talibon, Antique, Kalibo, Borongan, Calbayog, Catarman and the archdioceses of Palo and Jaro.
According to the organizers, the month-long Caravan’s objective is to ignite among the Catholic faithful “the need for prayers—especially the Holy Rosary—as one our best weapons against the anti-life bills filed in Congress and likewise to purposely visit and initiate prayer vigils in dioceses and archdioceses where most of the solons pro-RH.”
They are also hoping that with the intercession of Our Lady, the pro-RH lawmakers especially the ones who refer to themselves as “Catholic” will cease to be merely Catholic in name but remain true to the faith they profess. (Miguel de Dios)