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Busy this Lent? Go on a Visita Iglesia, retreat online

February 23, 2012 4:47pm
Filipino Catholics who may be busy, bedridden, or based abroad but still want to take part in traditional Filipino Lenten practices can now do so—online.
On Wednesday, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Media Office announced it will offer an online Lenten retreat in its Visita Iglesia Online website.
CBCP Media Office Chief Monsignor Pepe Quitorio said the online retreat is especially geared toward Filipinos who are abroad, particularly seafarers who may find themselves far from physical churches.
He added it will benefit those who are bedridden and thus could not go to Church.
“We hope that this online catechesis will be [of] help not only to satisfy our need to worship but especially to manifest its fruit in being concerned for one another in love and good works,” Monsignor Quitorio said during the launch of the website Wednesday afternoon.
The online Lenten retreat will go live by the first week of Lent. 
It will have video reflections which will serve as alternative catechism classes, as well as Lenten podcasts, which are audio reflections.
Blogs will also be posted which will carry insights from bishops, priests, religious, and lay faithful.
And as with any retreat, the CBCP’s online retreat will have retreat masters who will be bishops and priests.
Four topics will be discussed in the online retreat, with each episode running between 7 to 10 minutes.
Since the Visita Iglesia Online website has been launched in 2010, the site has been quite popular among Catholics.
According to Monsignor Quitorio, the site got 150,000 unique visitors and over 1.5 million page loads during Holy Week last year.
The Visita Iglesia Online website allows online Catholics to “visit” heritage churches and take part in liturgical celebrations from Palm Sunday to Easter Vigil, including the Pasyon.
This year, the Seven Last Words will be streamed live on Good Friday from the Christ the King Parish in Quezon City, said CBCP.
The site will also have the Stations of the Cross and have copies of Lenten prayers posted. –KG, GMA News

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