THE VATICAN, Italy (The Adobo Chronicles, Rome Bureau) – Pope Francis has announced that The Vatican will fast track the canonization of former Philippine President Cory Aquino, who will become the third Filipino saint.
Aquino’s family have long clamored for the widow of the late Senator Benigno Aquino and mother of ex-President NoyNoy Aquino to be proclaimed a saint.
A Jesuit priest close to the Aquino family, Fr. Catalina Arevalo, has been leading the move to start the beatification process for Cory since she was a person with “extraordinary Christian virtues.”
The sainthood process usually takes a long period of time — from beatification to canonization — and requires at least two miracles attributed to the sainthood candidate to happen.
Apparently, even before her beatification, the first miracle already happened.
For some unexplained circumstances, yellow t-shirts (the color associated with Cory and Aquino supporters) bearing the late president’s name tagging her as the saint of democracy suddenly appeared on the shelves of a Filipino supermarket in Chicago, Illinois. The supermarket management said they never ordered nor displayed the t-shirts.
The supermarket, Seafood City, has stores across the U.S.
It only takes another miracle to happen before Francis will proclaim Cory a saint.
That miracle could be in the form of the same yellow t-shirts appearing in the shelves of the Seafood City Supermarket in San Jose or Mountain View, California.
There is now a sainthood watch and vigil in these two supermarkets.