Manila Bulletin

Tallest Divine Mercy statue to rise in Bulacan

- By CHRISTINA I. HERMOSO

The world’s tallest statue of the Divine Mercy will be unveiled in the province of Bulacan early next year to coincide with the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM), which will be held in the country.

Standing at 100 feet, the statue stands atop a four story multi- purpose building at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in the town of Marilao town. The constructi­on of the statue started in January this year and is expected to be completed before the year ends.

“This will be the biggest statue of the Divine Mercy around the world,” said Fr. Prospero Tenorio, WACOM Asia secretary general, during a press briefing.

The blessing and dedication of the statue will be held on January 19 after a mass to be presided over by Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal with Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros as homilist.

“The statue aims to perpetuate the global Church event which is held every three years and will gather together Divine Mercy devotees and promoters including bishops, priests, religious brothers and sisters, and the laity from different countries. It will be held in Asia for the first time,” Tenorio said.

Introduced by the Vatican in 2008, more than 5,000 local and internatio­nal delegates are expected to attend the gathering from Jan. 16 to 20.

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