PASAY City, Jan. 27, 2914—Church-run Radio Veritas is holding an exhibit-for-a-cause featuring replicas of Marian icons venerated by Filipinos throughout the country.
Now on its ninth year, the Mary and The Saints exhibit runs from January 26 until February 6 at the 2nd floor of the Mall of Asia Entertainment Center in Pasay City.
Cagayan de Oro archbishop Antonio Ledesma formally opened the exhibit with a Holy Mass.
Admission is free, but organizers of the event encourage visitors to donate.
Radio Veritas president Fr. Anton Pascual, said that proceeds from the exhibit will go to the five-year rehabilitation and recovery program of Caritas Manila for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (international code name: Haiyan).
Pascual, who is executive director of Caritas Manila, the social arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, added that the Blessed Virgin will always stand by the poor and disadvantaged, especially those affected by the calamity. Yolanda, which weather scientists tagged as the “strongest typhoon” on record, devastated the Central Philippines November last year, killing thousands and displacing more.
On display are 90 life-size “canonically crowned” images of Our Lady like those of La Naval de Manila, Manaoag, Peñafrancia, Mt. Carmel, Porta Vaga, Perpetual Help, and others.
Pascual is inviting everyone to take this opportunity to witness and accept blessings from these Marian images which devotees believe are miraculous.
Also featured are “second-class” relics and memorabilias of Blessed John Paul II.
The legendary pontiff, who died in 2005, is set to be canonized by Pope Francis this coming April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday, together with Blessed John XXIII at St. Peter’s Square in Rome. (Raymond A. Sebastián)