Albay bishop orders temporary closure of popular pilgrim site

Albay bishop orders temporary closure of popular pilgrim site

As precaution due to the continuing spread of Covid-19, the Shrine of the Divine Mercy and the Stations of the Cross at Kawa-Kawa, Ligao City, are closed until further notice. CARMELITE NUNS OF THE HOLY TRINITY PHILIPPINES

By CBCP News

March 24, 2021

Manila, Philippines

A famous pilgrimage site in Albay province has been temporarily closed as precaution due to the continuing spread of Covid-19.

The Shrine of the Divine Mercy and the Stations of the Cross at Kawa-Kawa Hill in the city of Ligao’s Tuburan village will be closed “until further notice”.

Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi made the order ahead of the Holy Week to avoid mass gathering of people.

“I am declaring this temporary closure of these pilgrimage sites in order to prevent the possible spread of the virus,” Baylon said in a circular dated March 19 but was released only yesterday.

“This means that not even the private praying of the Station of the Cross nor a simple visit to the Shrine shall be allowed. Kindly know that we are after the safety of everyone,” he said.

The shrine features life-size sculptures of the 14 Stations of the Cross and is one of the popular Lenten destinations in the province.

During Holy Week, thousands of pilgrims from different provinces visit the site to pray.

The bishop asked the faithful to instead pray the Station of the Cross with their respected families at home or privately.

People, he said, may also join the parishes and communities that offer online Via Crucis.

“We can still observe the Lenten discipline of prayer by participating in the actual Masses in our parishes, faithful recitation of the Holy Rosary and offering personal prayers,” Baylon added.

“In this way, we continue to make our Lenten journey solemn and meaningful,” he also said.

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