Visita Iglesia website, gaining popularity; hits 43K views
Re-launched last April 1st by The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to allow overseas Filipino workers and physically-disabled Catholics to participate in the traditional Visita Iglesia or visiting and praying in seven churches during Holy Thursday of Lent, Visitaiglesia.net has attracted a good number of visitors as early as Tuesday.
As of this writing, the special website which provides a virtual experience of the Holy Week has got 43,309 views according to a counter posted on its pages.
This has been anticipated by the CBCP and early on, the CBCP had the website augmented already to prevent it from crashing just like last year after an unexpected 43,000 online users logged on to it.
The Virtual Visita Iglesia website shows 14 historical shrines and pilgrimage churches in Metro Manila and nearby provinces to correspond with the 14 Stations of the Cross with reflections given by priests.
The churches featured include the Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila; Quiapo Church or the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene; Our Lady of Manaoag Church in Pangasinan, and the Agoo Church in La Union.
Through the website, one can also access an audio recording of the 21 chapters of the "Pasyon," the poetical narration of the life and sufferings of Christ.