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Retired Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales to make a saint

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After shepherding the Catholic Church’s “primatial see” in the country, retired Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales is focusing on another job: Saint-making.

Rosales said he would try to help the cause for beatification of the late Lucena Bishop Alfredo Obviar—who has already been declared a “Servant of God” by the Catholic Church—by writing a book about him.

“Pray that I will be able to write the book,” Rosales told reporters in an interview.

Besides serving as Lucena bishop from 1959 to 1976, Obviar also founded the Missionary Catechists of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus.

“I will be writing, praying or I might be teaching but I’ll have to see If I can still do that. I no longer want to be pinned down by schedules. I might also do some gardening,” he said.

Rome named Imus Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, one of the leading Catholic theologians in the country, as the new head of the Archdiocese of Manila, which is considered the country’s primatial see.


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  • Anonymous

    May God be with you..!!

  • Anonymous

    A much better task is for the good cardinal to make true Christians of Catholics beginning from the CBCP. That would have more impact on our country, which, despite being called the only Christian country in Asia, is one of the world’s most corrupt. I do not know how the elevation of another Filipino to sainthood could change that reputation since we already have one and Filipinos are just getting more corrupt. We could make 10 dead Filipinos saints and accomplish nothing by way of improving morality in the country. The task of the clergy is to reform the living but sadly, they are more  engrossed in other things such as  backseat driving the government and  now this – making saints.

  • Anonymous

    katoliko ako at bibili ako ng libro mo ! PERO, sana ipaliwanag mo sa libro mo dahil hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit kailangan mangumpisal ako o sabihin ko lahat ang kasalanan ko sa pari !!!
    tingin ko kasi ang mga bata na nagkukumpisal pag sexual ang ikinumpisal ay tinitigasan ang mga pari !
    na pupuwet pa tuloy minsan !!!

    • Templar Society

      Para kang estudyante na napasok pero hindi nakikinig sa guro. Pagtapos magrereklamo sa hindi mo nalaman.Ngayon magatatanong ka sa ibang paaralan na iba ang curriculum. ang bb naman. Sana hindi ka na lang Katoliko. Hindi lang yung mga paring manyakis ang nakakasira sa simbahan, kungdi ang mga taong katulad mo din. wala ka naman pinagkaiba sa binabatikos mo.  tss.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZDWT46ZRHZRJPI7UASWJMXMGKE Alen

    another saint? well any idiots of any religious faith tell me if we’re better off in anything because we prayed so hard? did it improve our economic, social and political situation because we have so many padrinos in heaven, OMG, enough of this stupidity. first world countries made less prayer and less church but look at them,  less crime, less cheating, less corrupt, happy family realtionship and respect to everybody.

    • Anonymous

      servant of god obviar is not a saint yet.  he is still a candidate for veneration, then beatification and lastly sainthood.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BKNBRPKHFAUATHG6MZ5ZDNL7WM Truth

    The Bible never mentions bishops,nuns and all that other crap. Who is man to make another man a saint?This is false religion leading people down a path to destruction.Get out of her{false religion}if you do not want to share in her sins.

    • Anonymous

      the news is presented wrongly.  please read na lang between the lines.

  • Anonymous

    PINAKAMAGALING na magagawa ng mga nagreretirong mga ano ay TULUNGAN ng puspusan ang mga kabayan nilang naghihikahos sa kabuhayan at hindi yong kung ano-ano pang mga ka-anuhan ang kanilang aatupagin.  Simula’t sapul ng sapilitang binago ang paniniwala at paraan ng pamumuhay ng mga naninirahan sa bayang ire’ ng mga dayuhang kastila, nagkawatak-watak na ang buhay at kabuhayan ng mga mamamamayan.  Na noon ay walang mahihirap at pulubing Pilipino, ngayon, sa ngalan ng bagong pananampalataya na pinuwersa ng  TNL na mga punietang kastila, mas marami pa ang mahihirap kaysa namumuhay ng maayos at marangal sa bayang ire’.  Maliwanag naman na hindi lamang i-isang bagay ang naging DAHILAN ng mapait na pangyayaring ito sa yugto ng ating buhay, pero sa aking pananaw ISA na sa pinakamalaking sanhi ang maraming pagbabagong ipinuwersa ng TNL na mga kastila sa bayan.  Kung kaya, ma-ituturing na isang napakalaki at napakahalagang PROJECT at UNDERTAKING na ibuhos ng mga nagreretirong mga ano ang nalalabi pa nilang lakas upang ipadama sa mga mamamayang napaniwala nila ang tinatawag nilang CORPORAL WORKS of MERCY sa halip na mga kaetchosang pagpapa-cute at pagpapakitang-taong GENTEELNESS na naman!

  • anony mous

    How about teaching your flocks effectively… The last time I check the top corrupt officials of the Philippines are CATHOLICS… Even if you produce 100 saints that would be useless, why don’t you focus on things that are relevant, like reforms on church, maximizing charity works and the like!

  • Anonymous

    servant of god alfredo obviar, intercede for us.

    • Anonymous

      continuation…
      more especially so for our kababayan ofws in saudi who because of joblessness were forced to sell their blood . amen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N5WLTNI6EBQ57DDIY6C6AMVLGE Gecko Superstar

    Sarap ng buhay mo,.. im sure inaantay kana rin ni pope john paul sa impierno. nakita kaya xa ni Angelica Zembrano dun… Demonyo!!!

    • Anonymous

      Paano mo nalaman kung sino ang nasa impyerno? Doon ka rin ba galing?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raul-Matienzo/1295637968 Raul Matienzo

    Cardinal Rosales is not a saint-maker. He will only write the life of Bishop Obviar.

  • Anonymous

    PADRE DAMASO!!!!

    Butuan City Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, who received a Mitsubishi Montero, Bontoc-Lagawe Bishop Rodolfo Beltran (Nissan Pathfinder), Abra Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian (Mitsubishi Strada), Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo (Toyota Grandia Hi-Ace), Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad (Mitsubishi Strada), Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles (Toyota Grandia Hi-Ace); and Nueva Segovia Archbishop Ernesto Salgado (Isuzu Crosswind)

    • Anonymous

      Hindi ka talaga maka-move on sa isyu na matagal nang tapos ano? Napahiya kasi na masyado ang mga nagprotesta dati kasi naging malinaw sa Senado na walang ginawang sala yung mga obispo. Masakit tanggapin ang katotohanan ano? Better luck next time na lang kayo.

      Sa kasisigaw nyo nang “Damaso” kayo talaga ang nagmumukhang mga “Damaso”.

      • Anonymous

        hehehe – legally, walang ginawang sala kasi sabi ng Senado. What can we ordinary citizens do against the mighty Senate. But morally? Moralidad naman ang isyu dito. SUV as a birthday gift in exchange for his undying support, to a corrupt and murderous despot? Okay lang sa iyo?
        Accepting gifts from an instrument of the devil (PCSO – according to these same bishops). Okay lang sa iyo?

        Anong depensa mo — legal daw, sabi ni Senador. Pathetic.

        Tsk, tsk, tsk!

      • Anonymous

        alam mo anak, (pls. ha huwag mo akong pagsasalitaan  nang di karapatdapat)  sagutin mo lang ako. exchange of thoughts and not war of thoughts.

        yung mga suv  na mga ibinigay sa mga pare ay ugma sa uri ng pook daanan. di pupwede roon ang mahihina at maliliit na sasakyan.  ang mga iyon ay ginamit ng kumunidad nila at di lamang nila. sana maunawaan ninyo.  ginamit sa pagpapastol ng nga tao at pagtulong sa mga nasalanta at maysakit. ang mga nakagamit ay di lamang mga katoliko lalo na sa kamindanawan.   

        tama ang senado, walang sala ang mga paring iyon. maliban  na lang  sa isa na tao lang na nagkamali. alalahanin natin na ang panginoong hesukristo ang talagang kumikilos.  instrumento lang sila at kung anuman ang di kabutihan ng mga nagkasalang mga pari ay walang kinalaman iyon sa ibinigay na tungkulin sa kanila ng ating panginoon 

    • Anonymous

      BOGOK KA!!!

      • Anonymous

        Yan lang ang pwede mong sabihin? Very smart for an intellectual midget like you.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FJAHNFOX67YGJKYP3FAK6HM5A4 Pablo

    God is the only saint-maker there is. God beatifies anyone who believe in the sacrifice of His Son – the Lord Jesus Christ by forgiving them their sins and becoming a child of God.

    Read the Bible prayerfully for it is the repository of truth.

  • Anonymous

    Great job, Bishop!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJCN27L74QLOELVDVIP4V5M544 pinoynusa

    Pinasok na naman po tayo ng mga atheist brown nazi anti-Catholic movement na tinatawag na freethinkers. si reddfrog ang pinuno ng mga freethinkers.

  • Anonymous

    cardinal rosales will just be making a book  about bishop obviar, servant of god.  he hopes that the book will help in the beatification of the good bishop. what he plans to do is to document everything that will aid in the end objective of declaring servant of god,obviar a saint. cardinal rosales is also mulling on teaching.

    there is no saint making job.

  • trav man

    only God makes saints!



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