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No bodies, no graves, only lighted candles

’On the feast of All Souls’ Day, though I light a candle in our veranda and offer a prayer for him, I also prepare my son’s favorite dish’

Pope Francis: ‘Do you desire heaven above everything else?’

"Let’s face it, we have gotten pretty good at compromising with the Gospel,” the pope said in St. Peter’s Basilica on Nov. 2

Rituals to memorialize the dead

Despite cultural differences, we share a common desire to memorialize the dead

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 prays for deceased popes on All Souls’ Day

The Vatican has granted a plenary indulgence to Catholics who visit a cemetery to pray for the dead on any day in the month of November

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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