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…
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