MORONG: Hundreds joined the Holy Mass at the Memorial Shrine of Pope John Paul II here on Sunday in the former Philippine Refugee Processing Center here to celebrate the canonization of the new Saint.
“Sinasabi na ang mga santo ay may mga relic. Masasabing ang Bataan naman at mga mamamayan nito ay relic ng bagong santo sapagka’t nilakaran niya ang lugar na ito at hinipo ang mga tao [We say that saints have relics. Bataan and its residents can be considered as relics of the new saint because he walked on this place and touched the people],” Bishop Ruperto Santos said.
Santos told the people of Bataan to face the challenge of sharing to the needy like what St. John Paul II did during his lifetime.
“Open our hearts, our home to the poor like what our beloved Pope did,” the bishop said.
Bataan First District Rep. Herminia Roman said they are planning to request government to turn the memorial shrine into the National Historical Shrine of Saint John Paul II.
“Kailangang mabigyan ng magandang tahanan si Santo John Paul II sapagka’t naniniwala akong magbibigay ng malaking grasya ang mahal na Santo sa Bataan at sa buong bansa [We have to build a beautiful home for St. John Paul II because I believe the beloved saint will give Bataan and the Philippines more blessings],” she said.
Roman is the chairperson of the committee on the papal shrine with Bishop Santos and Bases Conversion Development Authority’s Management and Holdings Group General Manager Rafael Llave as members.
The Memorial Shrine of Pope John Paul II used to be the Philippine Refugee Processing Center.
Other officials who attend the Mass were Rep. Enrique Garcia (Second District), Mayor Jorge Estanislao and wife former Mayor Cynthia Estanislao of Morong, Dinalupihan Mayor Gila Garcia and Pilar Mayor Alice Pizarro.
During the mass, children from Barangay Nagbalayong in Morong sang Pope John Paul II’s favorite song during his 1995 visit.