Catholics welcome pilgrim image of Our Lady of Fatima

LAOAG CITY — Catholics in this northern part of Luzon are excited to welcome the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Fatima which is expected to arrive Thursday (Aug. 24) at the Badoc gateway, the boundary of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.

From the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur, the pilgrim image will be toured in various churches of the Archdiocese of Laoag on August 24-27 as part of its worldwide tour to mark the 100 years anniversary of the Marian apparitions in Fatima, Portugal.

The image, which was blessed by Pope Francis, is believed to grant favors and manifest miracles.

Led by Bishop Renato Mayugba of Laoag, the Catholic faithful in collaboration with local government units and other officials here have scheduled mass and prayer vigils where the image will stop.

Mayugba said the pilgrim image will arrive Thursday afternoon at the Badoc gateway. A welcome Mass will be held on the same day at the Saint John the Baptist in Badoc, home of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc, a local Marian devotion.

Afterwards, the image will be brought to the nearby Immaculate Conception Church in Batac City for an overnight vigil.

On Friday, the image will be brought to the Saint Joseph parish in Dingras town; the Our Lady Lourdes in Mangato; and Saint William Cathedral here in the evening.

It is also scheduled to visit its namesake, Our Lady of Fatima parish in Cadaratan village, Bacarra town on the whole day of August 26.

On Sunday (Aug. 27), the image will stop by the Saint Jude parish in Pagudpud town and then to Our Mother of Perpetual Help parish in Pasaleng before going to nearby Cagayan province.

The clergy is encouraging neighboring parishes to take part in the religious activity by participating in the Holy Masses, praying the Holy Rosary especially during the overnight vigils, and veneration of the Holy image.