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CBCP revives ‘Undas Online’ for OFWs; warns public against ‘fake’ priests

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) revived its ‘Undas Online’ in time for the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (Undas) on November 1 and 2. The virtual portal was re-launched by CBCP’s Media Office for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who cannot visit their departed loved ones in cemeteries. More details after the jump.

“This is primarily intended for Filipinos abroad-OFWs and seafarers who will find it hard to celebrate Undas,” said CBCP Media Office director Msgr. Pedro Quitorio.

According to the CBCP, the site, www.undasonline.com, with a new design, offers some podcasts and catechesis on the significance and liturgical meaning of the celebration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Quitorio added that Filipinos away from home can also request for prayers and Masses for their beloved dead by clicking “Prayer Request” and then listing down the names of their beloved dead for whom they wish to offer Mass.

Last year, the online service received prayer requests for almost 20,000 departed Filipino Catholics.

Meanwhile, the CBCP also warned the public against fake priests who will take advantage of the occasion.

Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso said that with the increasing need for Church services during this period, some people find ways to make a lucrative living by pretending as priests.

He said that some bogus priests roam cemeteries to seek money in exchange for their services.

“Don’t be deceived by people who immediately present themselves to bless the grave pretending that they are priests… unless of course if you know them,” Medroso added. (CBCP/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)

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