Pilgrims of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville have begun the month of rosary prayer, by welcoming the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
On Saturday October 1, Air Niugini’s Fokker 100 aircraft, Alpha November Echo, ferried the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, under the command of Captain Daniel Vavar and First Officer, Jacquiline Naing.
Close to a thousand Catholic faithful and those from other mainline churches including political leaders of the National and Autonomous Bougainville Government’s, welcomed Our Lady of Fatima.
They united in spirit and welcomed the pilgrims in Buka.
It was tears of joy for some, while others were touched and a moment of the conversion of sins.
A protocol was also accorded by the Autonomous Bougainville Government’s Chief Protocal Officer, Philip Kiha.
From Buka Town, a processing was led to the Cathedral at Hahela where a Holy Eucharist was celebrated last night.
Women leader, Marietta Rumina described the crowd as unification for all churches in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
“We all the churches were in peace at that time,”
The pilgrimage is also special to Bougainville’s peace process.
“It’s time to reconcile and say sorry,” she said.