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Pope asks youth: What are you willing to die for?

LIKE A ROCK STAR  Pope Francis (inset) on Saturday celebrates Mass at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul,  where he beatified 124 Koreans martyred in the 18th century. Crowd at the beatification Mass and rites tops a million, according to Korean media, a significant number where only 10 percent of South Korea’s population is Catholic. AFP

Pope Francis beatified 124 early Korean martyrs on Saturday at a Mass in Seoul and challenged the massive crowd to ask what values they might be willing to die for in an increasingly materialistic, globalized world.

Posted: August 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipinos open their homes to compatriots

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People gather at St. Peter’s square. AFP FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: April 26th, 2014 in Europe,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

24 heads of state in Rome for rites

PAPAL BLESSING Pope John Paul II celebrates Holy Mass to mark the close of World Youth Day during his second visit to the Philippines on Jan. 14, 1995.  The crowd of 4 million who attended the Mass on the Philippine International Convention Center grounds was the biggest gathering in the Pontiff’s 16-year reign.  Behind the Pope is Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin. The Inquirer has color enhanced the black-and-white photo taken by the late Inquirer photographer Roger Margallo.

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.

Posted: April 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pope John Paul II’s visits to PH

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POPE John Paul II waves to the huge crowd inside his Popemobile during the 1995 World Youth Day in Manila. FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: April 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Simbang Gabi’ bridges generations in San Fernando Valley

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Simbang gabi coordinator Ruby Minosa with the choir. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Lawrence 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.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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