Pope Francis will celebrate Mass and host a luncheon for Filipino survivors of the deadly Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) during his January 12-19 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, his second visit to Asia in a year that confirms the region is a priority of his pontificate.
“May our politicians have humble hearts like that of David, that they may repent if they know they have sinned against God and our country.”
By Luis H. Francia
Most people I know don’t usually associate being Asian with being Latino. This applies, surprisingly, to I would say a majority of Filipino-Americans, as well as to quite a number of Filipinos, the distinction being that the latter were born and lived long enough in the Philippines to form a distinct Filipino-ness even though they may possess U.S. citizenship. The passport one holds is not always an accurate guide to one’s cultural background.
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.
By Lito B. Zulueta
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.