Pro-family ‘walking pilgrimage’ set

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MANILA, March 17, 2015 — A pro-life and pro-family group will be holding a “walking pilgrimage” from Monumento, Caloocan City to Baclaran, Paranaque City to pray for life and the protection of the traditional Filipino family, stopping by and praying at 14 churches along the route.

San Roque Parish Church in Blumentritt, Manila was one of the churches visited by Filipinos for Life during their first “walking pilgrimage” in 2012. (Photo: Rommel Lopez)

Filipinos for Life (F4L) will be holding its 5th annual Lenten Piligrimage themed “Walking with Jesus, Mary and Joseph: A Journey to protect the Filipino Family” on March 29.

‘Ideological colonization’

The walking pilgrimage, a tradition started by F4L five years ago, will have its participants walk from Monumento to Baclaran, stopping by the churches along the way to pray and to reflect.

“We want to do it this year for several reasons: one is to raise awareness that the Filipino family is indeed under siege by what Pope Francis calls as ‘ideological colonization’; Specifically speaking, the RH law, the threat of same sex marriage under the guise of anti-discrimination, and other anti-life legislature in both the Senate and Congress,” said Anthony James Perez, president of F4L.

According to Perez, the other goal of the pilgrimage is to pray and to make reparation for the sins of our society.

“Only if we ask for forgiveness and turn away from sin shall we have peace, which is needed badly by our country,” he explained.

14 churches

This year route will be from the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in Grace Park, Caloocan City, passing by the following churches:

  • St. Pancratius Parish Church in La Loma
  • San Roque de Manila Parish Church in Blumentritt
  • Archdiocesan Shrine of Espiritu Santo, in Tayuman Avenue
  • Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto
  • St. Anthony Parish, in Bustillos
  • Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat
  • National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus
  • San Sebastian Church
  • Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo
  • Nuestra Señora del Pilar Parish Church (Sta. Cruz Church)
  • Nuestra Señora de Guia Parish Church in Ermita (Ermita Church), to the Nuestra Señora del Remedios Parish Church, in Malate (Malate Church)
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran

There are 14 churches to be visited in all, each one representing a station of the Cross.


Participants of the pilgrimage are highly encouraged to bring their own piglrimage kit, which includes water, umbrellas or hats to shield, a simple first aid kit, extra clothing, and rosaries.

Those with medical conditions such as hypertension are advised to visit their doctors first before participating, and are reminded to bring their own medication.

Assembly is at 7:30 a.m., after the 6:30 a.m. Mass, at the patio Our Lady of Grace Parish in Caloocan.

Pilgrims will be blessed by a priest before the pilgrimage begins. Interested parties may contact Mr. AJ Perez at 0922-827-6662 or via email: ajuperez@gmail.com for more details. Registration is free. (Rommel Lopez/CBCPNews)


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