Philippines Church ready for Pope Francis

 

Fr Mario Francisco, SJ reviews Tagalog language lyrics he composed for the public Mass of Pope Francis at Rizal Park (Luneta) Jan. 18./ NJ Viehland Photos

Fr Mario Francisco, SJ reviews Tagalog language lyrics he composed for the public Mass of Pope Francis at Rizal Park (Luneta) Jan. 18./ NJ Viehland Photos

… But this is the Philippines, where “the Christian story and Christian symbols have played a very important role in everyday life,” said Jesuit Fr. Jose Mario Francisco, who teaches contextual theology at Loyola School of Theology in Quezon City.

“Even when the percentage of people who have regular contact with the church through Mass and activities may be much smaller than the 80 percent who are Catholic or the 90 percent who are Christian,” Francisco said, “the influence of Christianity in the Philippines remains very strong through devotions, worship, music and other symbols.”

He cited Haiyan survivors who were photographed fleeing…

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Media Pioneer Jesuit Father James Reuter dies at 96

MANILA – Fr. James Reuter, the American Jesuit priest who built the Catholic radio broadcasting system in the Philippines and laid the foundations for the bishops’ national media network, died in hospital just south of Manila on Dec. 31, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) announced. He was 96.

Jesuit Father James Reuter gave a view of the Church in Asia in the 1970s and its social communication needs to a group of Philippine reporters training under Maryknoll Father Bob Astorino to report on the life of the Church in the country. Photo by N.J. Viehland

Jesuit Father James Reuter gave a view of the Church in Asia in the 1970s and its social communication needs to a group of Philippine reporters training under Maryknoll Father Bob Astorino to report on the life of the Church in the country. Photo by N.J. Viehland

Father Reuter is called by many names:

The Rosary priest,

The feisty Jesuit priest

Legendary EDSA Bandido

The priest who loved the Philippines and Filipinos in legendary scale

Mentor to generations

May his soul rest in peace. May he pray for us, especially those who he trained and taught to carry on the work of evangelization through social communication and media.

* updated Jan. 1, 2013