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    A replica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France: A favorite church during Holy Week


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Sunsetlady shot these pictures at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Bulacan, Philippines. 'People flock to this shrine during Holy Week especially during Holy Friday,' she says. 'There's a presentation and talk inside the church on the "7 last words" where people stay to watch and listen.' She adds that there were long lines of people waiting to drink the water from the miraculous spring and a part in the shrine where people can offer candles. The entire visit is a popular religious tradition in the country called 'Visita Iglesia'. 'Holy Week for Filipinos is a big religious occasion and tradition when Catholics and devotees spend time in practicing their faith,' she says. Her favorite part of the week is Easter Sunday.
    - ssesha, CNN iReport producer

    Every year during Holy Week, thousands of Catholics visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Bulacan.

    The Shrine is a replica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. It was built by a Catholic Filipino who had a cancer, and was cured by faith in Our Lady of Lourdes in France.

    Below the Shrine is a spring that is believed to be miraculous and can cure illnesses.

    The Shrine is not only popular because of its testimonies of healing from miraculous spring, but it’s a unique and beautiful Shrine that attracts Catholics to spend their faith during Holy Week.

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