MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – If a Jesuit priest close to the family of Cory Aquino had his way, the late president would become the Philippines’ third Filipino saint.
The priest, Fr. Catalino Arevalo, sees no problem with starting the beatification process for Cory since she was a person with “extraordinary Christian virtues.” As per rules of the Catholic Church, beatification can only begin six years after a person’s death. Cory died of colon cancer in August 2009.
Today, Fr. Arevalo told The Adobo Chronicles that he is also planning to start working on having NoyNoy Aquino become the fourth Filipino saint, citing the ex-president’s noble crusade under “daang matuwid.” Under PNoy’s administration, he has managed to eliminate all political and social evils that have plagued the country for many decades, Fr. Arevalo said.
“It is best to start laying the groundwork for PNoy’s beatification while he still alive so that when the time comes, the long and tedious sainthood process can be fast-tracked,” Arevalo added.
If both Cory and NoyNoy become saints, they will be the very first mother and son ever in the history of the Roman Catholic Church to be accorded the extraordinary and divine honor, not only for themselves, but for the entire Filipino nation.
The Philippines’ two saints are Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod.