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2 new saints celebrated all over Philippines

Publication Date : 27-04-2014


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will lead Filipino Catholics in a special tribute to Popes John XXIII and John Paul II Sunday as the two well-beloved leaders of the Catholic Church are canonized at the Vatican.

Of the two Popes, John Paul II is closest to Filipinos’ hearts for his two visits to the Philippines, in February 1981 for the beatification of Lorenzo Ruiz, who would later become the first Filipino saint, and in January 1995 for the celebration of World Youth Day.

Tagle will celebrate a Mass at 4pm at Smart-Araneta Coliseum, which Pope John Paul II declared a “colosseo of papal audiences” during his visit to the Philippines in 1981.

The faithful can also watch the canonisation rites for the two Pontiffs at the Vatican before the Eucharistic celebration at the coliseum.

The event, called “Shepherds, Servants and Saints,” is jointly organized by Araneta Center, Jesuit Communications and the Archdiocese of Manila.

According to organizers, the tribute is considered doubly meaningful, as Catholics are celebrating the Year of the Laity.

“John Paul II was known as the Pontiff who called everyone to holiness, regardless of stature in life. The Year of the Laity echoes Pope John Paul II’s exhortation for everyone to be shepherds, servants and saints,” the organizers said in a statement.


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