Franciscans’ last Italian missionary in PH dies at 77

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Fr. Giovanni Piva, OFM

MANILA, March 7, 2016— The last remaining Italian missionary of the Franciscans in the Philippines has passed away on Sunday, March 6.

Fr. Giovanni Piva, who spent most of his Franciscan life in Cagayan Valley, has died at age 77.

Ordained in November 1970, Piva has been a priest for 46 years and spent his last assignment in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

“We request everyone to offer prayers and masses for his eternal repose,” the Franciscans said in a statement.

The wake of the late missionary is at the Parish Center of St. Anthony de Padua Parish in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

Details of his funeral will be announced later. (CBCPNews)

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