The bishops’ media arm is offering a tool for Catholics under coronavirus quarantine to connect with their faith from even the furthest pew.

For nine years now, its “Visita Iglesia Online” has been helping Filipinos abroad keep their faith alive, especially during Holy Week.

As lockdown continues in many parts of the country, CBCP Media Director Msgr. Pedro Quitorio invited the people to make use of the Holy Week online portal.

“Today, when everybody is in quarantine and all liturgy in physical churches are closed to people, Visita Iglesia continues to be a portal for online retreats, catechesis, and liturgical celebrations,” he said.

Msgr. Quitorio said the portal allows one to pray the “pasyon”, Stations of the Cross, virtually visit churches, and attend streamed liturgical celebrations.

The website was originally intended for Filipinos living in non-Catholic countries and those who are sick or homebound and not as substitute to the liturgical activities done on parishes.

“Since 2011, online Visita Iglesia has been serving Filipinos in foreign countries, where going to physical church or parish was difficult or impossible,” Quitorio said.

“It also helped Filipino seafarers, the sick and those who, for one reason or another, could not make it to churches during Lent, Holy Week, and Easter,” he added.

In 2019, the CBCP Media Office has also released a Spotify podcast on the Way of the Cross and the Holy Rosary.

Spotify users can play the audio prayers in both English and Filipino versions for free.  (CBCPNews)