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Why do Catholics ‘worship’ saints?

February 19, 2012

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This weekend, I wrote a story for Rappler about the upcoming canonization of the 2nd Filipino saint, Visayan teenager Pedro Calungsod. Inevitably, a question is raised alongside stories like this: Why do Catholics “worship” saints in the first place? This concern is valid given the misplaced devotion of a number of Catholics, who think saints […]

Praying with the Pope: January

January 1, 2012

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This January we join Pope Benedict XVI in his general prayer intention: “That the victims of natural disasters may receive the spiritual and material comfort they need to rebuild their lives.” We also join the Pope in his mission intention: “That the dedication of Christians to peace may bear witness to the name of Christ […]

Pope prays for victims of Sendong

December 26, 2011

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MANILA, Philippines – In his annual Christmas message, Pope Benedict XVI prayed for flood-stricken victims in southern Philippines who observed the feast of Jesus Christ’s birth amid a death toll that has risen to over 1,200 so far. “May the Lord grant comfort to the peoples of Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand and the Philippines, who […]

The other feast when Osama was killed

May 7, 2011

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The death of Osama bin Laden did not only coincide with the beatification of Pope John Paul II. The terrorist leader died on the first Sunday after Easter – the Feast of Divine Mercy. Decreed also coincidentally by Blessed John Paul II in 2000, the feast was requested by the Lord himself in an authenticated […]