Malacanang on Saturday joined Catholics and the rest of the world in welcoming the canonization of two well-loved popes– John XXIII and John Paul II–on Sunday at the St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.
“We join the Catholic world and all people of goodwill as Pope Francis proclaims the sainthood of Pope John XXIII who opened the windows of the church to the modern era and John Paul II who proclaimed the gospel…and embraced the world,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said over state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
Valte said that until today, Filipinos continue to pay tribute to Pope John XXIII for appointing the first Filipino cardinal who was Rufino Santos.
She added that Filipinos also continue to pay tribute to Pope John Paul II whose 1981 visit “precipitated the official end of Martial Law” and whose World Youth Day visit in 1995 was “unforgettable.”
“In a world of anxiety their pastoral example gives comfort to the faithful and inspires dignified discourse among all people,” Valte added.
She further said that both popes have been very close to the hearts of many Filipinos.
The Philippines has a predominantly Roman Catholic population and is one of the largest Catholic countries in the world, along with Brazil and Mexico.