By Juan L. Mercado
A Manileño priest is among the Capuchin martyrs who will be beatified on Oct. 13. The Congregation for Causes of Saints prefect will represent Pope Francis at the rites in Spain. Fr. Eugenio Sanz-Orozco Mortera will be known as “Blessed Jose Maria de Manila,” the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines stated.
By Michael L. Tan
Last year we celebrated the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of Jose Rizal. Next year it will be another birth sesquicentennial, this time for Andres Bonifacio and Mariano Ponce. In 2014 it will be Isabelo de los Reyes’ turn. All these revolutionaries were about the same age, joining the revolt against Spain in their late 20s.
By Roberto E.N Rivera SJ
TWO MEN. Two missionaries. Two martyrs. They lived their lives several centuries apart. But in a span of a few days, the two were brought together in a most fortuitous and meaningful way.
By Michael L. Tan
THE COMING elevation of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle to the rank of a cardinal has been making news not just here but overseas, complete with talk of his becoming another “papabile” or possible Pope. He impressed many fellow bishops as well as other religious and lay observers during the just concluded Synod of Bishops when he called for a “humbler, simpler Church.”
THE RECENT canonization of Pedro Calungsod as a saint and the upcoming elevation of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle to the ranks of cardinals in the Holy See will dramatically improve the image of the Philippines in the eyes of the international community. As one of the only two Christian countries in the Orient (Timor Leste is the other one), the Philippines, lately, has been reaping positive news and reviews in international media. This augurs well for the Philippines and for the Filipino people, especially overseas Filipinos.