CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Archbishop of Cebu, Jose Palma, said the return of Lenten activities to Cebu will also bring back pilgrims and the tourism industry.
The Archbishop said Cebu boasts of many religious sites such as churches and pilgrimage destinations where people flock during Holy Week.
He expects all Holy Week activities except Andas to finally bring pilgrims and tourists back to Cebu.
“Salamat sa Diyos kay imong tanawon sa una ra kaayo limited. Karon 75 percent capacity in the celebration. Pagsimba sa simabahan, pagnovena, procession. This is an answer to the prayers of the people,” Palma said.
(Thank God because you are looking at things before it was so limited. Now we have 75% capacity in our celebration. Going to church, novena, procession. This is in answer to the prayers of the people .)
“There are many places where religious tourism has become people’s desire. Cebu has many wonderful places and opportunities where people can experience religious tourism,” the Prelate said.
The Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño in Cebu City, the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora Dela Regla in Lapu-Lapu City, the Capelinha de Fatima in San Remigio and many other churches that should expect many visitors.
Boljoon will also soon see the pontifical coronation of their Birhen sa Boljoon, another event that may arouse the interest of tourists or pilgrims.
Cebu’s Lenten activities are also widely known in the country, including Minglanilla’s Sugat Kabanhawan festival and the unique celebration of Holy Week on Bantayan Island as the only place in the world where people can eat meat. during the fast.
These Holy Week celebrations in Cebu are another chance for tourists and pilgrims to visit the island.
The Archdiocese has already issued guidelines for the celebration of Holy Week and Easter activities with increased capacity and permission for most activities for these special days.
Palma reminded parish priests to self-regulate their flock during Lent and to implement the necessary measures to ensure the public safety of worshipers and attendees.
One such concern is the kissing or veneration of the Holy Cross on Good Friday.
The Prelate urged the parish priests to decide for themselves how this would take place, with the safety of the faithful being the top priority.
It may be advised that they only allow short worship such as touching the cross, but no kisses will be allowed.
The archbishop leaves to each parish the safe conduct of these sacred rituals.
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