8 Catholic bishops to attend the canonization of Pope Paul II in Rome

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

EIGHT Catholic prelates, including Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, will personally witness the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII in the Vatican City on Sunday, April 27.

Aside from Quevedo, the other bishops who will attend the canonization rites in Rome are Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Romblon Bishop Jose Talaoc, Calbayog Bishop Isabelo Abarquez, Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar, La Union Bishop Rodolfo Beltran, Catanduanes Bishop Manalo Delos Santos and Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes.

According to the offices of Quevedo and Palma, both prelates are already in Rome.


Meanwhile, the other three cardinals of the country are not flying to Italy, they are: Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, retired Archbishops Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and Ricardo Cardinal Vidal. Also not attending the ceremony is Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

Pope Francis will lead the canonization of the two popes on Sunday.

Of the two pontiffs, Pope John Paul II was the closest in the hearts of many Filipinos as he visited the country twice in 1981 and 1995.

On the other hand, former Vatican ambassador Henrietta de Villa revealed that the Polish pope loved the country's mangoes, as she used to bring him whenever she comes back to Rome from Manila.

"Whenever I come back to Vatican I make it a point to bring him mangoes. I was the one who choose the mangoes for him...One bishop have told me that the Pope had told him once that 'your ambassador spoils me with mangoes'," she said in an earlier interview.

Aside from mangoes, De Villa added that she also gave Pope John Paul II, "kape ng barako" from Batangas when he visited the country in 1981, during that time she was a member of the Mother Butler Guild of the Philippines as they were assigned to oversee his meetings.

"Before he left I gave him barako coffee from Batangas, the province of my husband. I also got a note that the Holy Father liked our coffee," she added.

De Villa served as the country's representative to the Vatican in the 1990s. (HDT/Sunnex)

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