MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday announced that it is providing the transportation assets and personnel needed to secure the fifth visit of the relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus to the country.
These include air, land, and sea transport assets of the military, AFP public affairs office chief Col. Jorry Baclor said in a statement.
He added that the AFP, through its unified commands and major services, is also delegating soldiers to compose the security personnel and pallbearers during the movement of the pilgrim relics in coordination with the Military Ordinate of the Philippines (MOP) and Command Chaplains.
"The relic of the Little Flower of Jesus arrived in Pasay City from Lisieux, France on Monday, January 2 which coincided with her 150th birth anniversary. It also marked the 5th Philippine visit of the pilgrim relic which will make the rounds of various dioceses and selected military chaplaincies until April 30," Baclor said.
He added that the MOP was designated by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines as the official host of the visit which is anchored on the theme “Lakbay Tayo, St. Therese! Ka-Alagad, Kaibigan, Ka Misyon”.
The relics of St. Therese, who herself descended from military families, are seen as a great opportunity to boost the spiritual life of the men and women in uniform and their families.
It intends to visit dioceses, archdioceses and apostolic vicariates in Kalinga, Laoag, Antipolo, Virac, Sorsogon, Catarman, Naval, Cebu, Tagbilaran, Capiz, Bacolod, Zamboanga, Tawi-Tawi, Cotabato, Surigao, Iligan, Pasig and Puerto Princesa. (PNA)