BERLINews  Online News Service of the Philippine Community in Berlin - Nr. 65

Lady of Fatima
attracts Pinoy Pilgrims

The Filipino Community in Berlin organized this year’s Community Pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal from July 23 to 27. It was a very memorable and blessed spiritual journey for the more than 30 participants who spent time in prayer and reflection in this holy place where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three children, Jacinta, Lucia and Francisco, exactly 70 years ago.

Everybody is looking forward for the Community Pilgrimage next year…
       The group had the chance to celebrate the daily Holy Mass at various chapels, namely: Holy Family Chapel, Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel, Basilica and at St. Joseph’s Chapel. The nightly Rosary and procession touched the pilgrims from around the world. The Filipino delegation was able to lead the praying of the “Hail Mary” in Tagalog on two evenings.
       Two of the highlights of the Pilgrimage were the Stations of the Cross and the visit to the different places where the Angel and our Lady appeared. The houses of the three children, especially meeting living members of their extended families also impressed the group. The multimedial exhibit, “Fatima: Light and Peace” was well-appreciated especially the guidance of the Filipina Sister Leopolda. The pilgrims were proud to see a piece of the Berlin Wall as a testimony of the fall of eastern Europe through Mary intercession.
       Aside from Fatima, the group was able to visit Lisbon, Bathalia and Nazare. All in all, it was a rewarding and priceless spiritual journey which has inspired the pilgrims to continue discovering God’s ways not only in holy places like Fatima or Lourdes but also in the normal events of daily life.

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