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Vienna, October 4, 2015 – For Catholics worldwide, the month of October is dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. It is one of the major Marian feast days particularly for devotees of the Blessed Virgin Mary and believers of the significance and powers of the Holy Rosary.

Association of Pangasinenses in Austria. Picture: Emigdio Nava

Association of Pangasinenses in Austria. Picture: Emigdio Nava

The feast day of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag likewise falls in October and is consistently celebrated by Filipino migrants in Austria particularly the natives of  Pangasinan, a town which is about more than 100 miles north of Manila.

The original image of Our Lady of Manaoag is currently enshrined at the Church of Our Lady of Manaoag, where throngs of devotees and pilgrims visit every day.

It is reported that the image of Our Lady has performed miracles based on various testimonies inscribed at the said church’ murals and accounts by people who have received tremendous help and favors granted.

The celebration of  Feast of our Lady of Manaoag in Austria  is headed by the Association of Pangasinenses in Austria.  A nine-day novena was also held at the  Filipino Catholic Community Church, Pfarre Salvator am Wienerfeld, 1100 Vienna led by the Association of Pangasinenses in Austria.

The group aims to organize the yearly celebration of the Manaoag Fiesta and is also involved in many charitable activities in the Philippines.  The officers of Association of Pangasinenses in Austria and organizer of the Feast of Manaoag in Vienna, expressed their gratitude to their fellow Pangasinenses and the Filipino community here for joining the religious Event.

The Filipino Catholic Community in  Vienna is very thankful to the Pangasinenses in Austria  for bringing the image of Our Lady of Manaoag to Austria as she inspires unity and hope in the religious community.

- Hector Pascua, ABS-CBN News, Austria