Thousands of Filipinos are descending on Rome for the joint canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday, joining millions of other pilgrims eager to see two of the 20th century’s most popular Pontiffs made saints and held up for veneration by Catholics.
Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will join the roster of saints at a historic Vatican ceremony on Sunday seen as an attempt to unite conservatives and reformists, with some 800,000 pilgrims expected in Rome.
By Marielle Medina
, Rafael L. Antonio
The late Pope John Paul II, who served as Pontiff from 1978 to 2005, visited the Philippines twice—in February 1981, when he beatified the first Filipino martyr, Lorenzo Ruiz, and in January 1995, when an estimated 4 million Filipinos attended the Mass he celebrated at the close of World Youth Day.
By Lawrence C. Ochoa
Many Filipino expatriates bring with them cherished Christmas memories from home by celebrating “Simbang Gabi” in this area of Los Angeles County that is home to tens of thousands of Filipinos.
By Erika Sauler
“Bring Jesus now into the world of politics, business, arts, science, technology and social media,” Pope Francis on Friday enjoined the faithful in a video message that concluded the first Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE).