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Pope Francis calls on Catholics to become peacemakers

“Peace is not achieved by conquering or defeating someone, it is never violent,” the pontiff said before praying the Angelus on November 1

Filipinos flock to cemeteries for All Saints’ Day observance

It was the first time since the start of the pandemic that cemeteries were open on November 1 for the ancient Christian tradition

Photos: Filipino children mark All Saints’ Day with ‘parade of saints’

The Church encourages parents to dress their children like saints to create a deeper awareness of the lives of holy men and women

Photos: Filipinos prepare tombs of loved ones ahead of All Souls’...

The annual tradition that combines Catholic religious rites with the country’s penchant for festivity is popularly called ‘Undas’

Photos: Philippines’ candlemakers prepare for All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day...

The demand for candles has picked up as authorities relaxed health restrictions and allowed more people to visit their departed

Pope Francis on All Saints’ Day: True happiness is found by...

The pope emphasized the importance of joy for the Church, because without it the faith becomes “a rigorous and oppressive exercise”

Remembering our beloved dead

We always know deep within us that our beloved dead are “umalagad,” our loved ones have always served both in life and in death

Filipinos flock to cemeteries ahead of All Saints’ Day closure

An official tally shows more than 60,000 people have poured into the sprawling Manila North Cemetery over the past few days

Video: Filipinos Remember the Dead in the Time of COVID

The annual two-day tradition of visiting tombs is a major family affair before the pandemic and an occasion for celebrations

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