Church revives ‘Undas’ website

Posted on November 2, 2012

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MANILA—The Catholic Church has set up an online site for Filipinos working abroad who cannot visit their loved ones in cemeteries this All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

The Church put up Undas Online (www.undasonline.com.) so that overseas Filipino workers could participate in one of the most cherished of Filipino traditions—-visiting their dead in the cemetery on Nov. 1 or Nov. 2, said Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, media office director of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

“This is primarily intended for Filipinos abroad—OFWs and seafarers who will find it hard to celebrate Undas,” Quitorio said in an interview.

“It’s just to make you virtually feel that somehow you’re in a cemetery,” he added.

The site has photos of cemeteries so that OFWs could reflect and pray for their loved ones as if they are really in cemeteries.

It provides Christian prayers for the dead in the original Latin and their English translations.

Visitors can also send prayer requests for their dead loved ones or request that Holy Mass be said for them. Last year, the site received around 20,000 prayer requests.

These prayer requests are then printed out and the CBCP holds a special Mass for them.

“Our OFWs and seafarers can pray for their departed loves ones by just looking at the photo,” Quitorio said.
The CBCP official said they revived the “Undas Online” following last year’s positive feedback from Filipino netizens around the world.

According to the CBCP, the Church instituted All Saints’ Day to honor all the saints, “known and unknown,” and “to supply any deficiencies in the faithful’s celebration of saints’ feasts during the year.” /Inquirer
 

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