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Sunday, April 27, 2014


MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said that the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II only showed that holiness still exists.

"It's good to celebrate a canonization to proclaim to the world that holiness is still real," he said in his homily during the mass for the canonization of the new saints at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Sunday.

He reminded the faithful of the importance of leading a holy life, just like the two late popes.

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"Holiness is a gift of God to all of us to ordinary men and women. As ordinary as John XXIII and Karol Wojtyla. You and me we are ordinary citizens of the world. Ordinary baptized people but all of us have been given the grace of holiness and we are called to live by holiness," Tagle said.

"For those of us who say that it is very difficult to be holy, the canonization of the people whom we know, people who are part of our generation is a declaration that holiness is real. It's given to all. You can be holy," he added.

At the same time, the head of the Archdiocese of Manila told the audience that they should not feel sad if they are not in Vatican City to personally witness the elevation of the two former leaders of the Roman Catholic Church to sainthood.

"Don't feel bad if you're not in Rome. You know why? In 1981 Pope John Paul II came here to this coliseum, so this is a living relic. Kiss the (floor), touch the wall," he told the thousands in attendance.

Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines in 1981 and in 1995 for the World Youth Day, which drew at least four million people.

Before the mass, the canonization rites at the Vatican was shown via live streaming at the LED screen inside the coliseum.

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were declared saints on Sunday in a canonization ceremony led by Pope Francis.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI also witnessed the ceremony, along with cardinals, bishops, priests and world leaders. (FP/Sunnex)

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