ILOILO City, May 11, 2014 — The relics of newly canonized Popes, St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII, will visit the faithful of Iloilo from May 20-22, 2014 in what seems to be a “re-visit” by the former who made his papal visit to the city in 1981.
“It was a very rare privilege for us in Iloilo to have been visited by a Saint” Archbishop Angel Lagdameo said, remembering the first ever papal visit to the city from February 20 – 21 in 1981.
The relics of the St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII are scheduled to arrive in Iloilo on May 20 at 5:20 a.m. and will be brought by motorcade to the University of San Agustin.
At 11 a.m., Archbishop Lagdameo will celebrate a holy mass at the University chapel to welcome the relics of the newly canonized Saints.
St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII’s relics will be enshrined at the said University of San Agustin chapel for the entire duration of the visit.
The holy mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on the first day and second days of the visit and at 7 a.m. on the second and third days.
The public are also invited to attend the Catechesis on the Veneration of the Saints and their Relics that will be given at the same venue with the following schedule:
- May 20, 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.
- May 21, 8 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.
- May 22, 7:30 a.m.
At 6:30 p.m. Vespers with the Saints will be prayed in the chapel on the first and second days of the visit.
The relics will be available for public veneration the whole day until 9 p.m. on May 20 and 21. On May 22, a closing mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. before the relics are brought to the Iloilo airport at 10:30 a.m.
The relics of Saints John Paul II and John XXIII are brought to Iloilo courtesy of the Office of the Vice Postulation for the cause for canonization of Blessed Ivan Merz which, on the occasion of Pope John Paul II’s canonization, has organized the Public Exposition and Veneration of the Pope’s relics. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas)