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Why do Catholics ‘worship’ saints?

February 19, 2012


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


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


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


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 […]