Monday, May 2, 2011

John Paul II and the people of Malolos

MALOLOS City, Bulacan – Joining the entire faithful of the Catholic Church in celebration of the beatification of the now Blessed John Paul II are the people of the Diocese of Malolos led by its bishop Most Reverend Jose Francisco Oliveros D.D.

Bulakenyos burst into tumultuous applause as Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City pronounce the formula of beatification; a step closer to a declaration of sainthood.

The Malolos Cathedral in 1999 was declared by no less than John Paul II to be the 10th Minor Basilica in the entire Philippines so that its official title became the Catedral-Basilica Minore de la Inmaculada Concepcion or the Minor Basilica and Cathedral of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

Today, a Mass of Thanksgiving to be concelebrated by the bishop and members of the Malolos clergy will be held in the Cathedral at 6 o’ clock in the evening.

Also, a one day exhibit will be held at the lobby of the Basilica Minore Office featuring memorabilias and relics of the late Pontiff.

A vestment of Pope John Paul II handed to the former bishop and now Bishop Emeritus of Malolos Most Reverend Cirilo Almario Jr. during the Papal visit in 1981 will be put into display.

Bishop Almario said the vestment was given to him by the Pope’s secretary after the mass.

“I was very surprised to receive it and I am very thankful and honored. That is why until now, I am really taking good care and preserving this vestment,” he said.

published May 1, 2011 for a certain publication and is of course written by yours truly

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