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The Vatican does the numbers
VATICAN (SE): More than 3.9 million people visited  the Vatican or attended papal events, liturgies or prayer services during the Holy Year of Mercy in 2016.

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Christmas explosion in Midsayap

MANILA (SE): An explosion outside the Shrine of Sto. Niño in the township of Midsayap in North Cotabato at 9.20pm on Christmas Eve left 12 people wounded, including one police officer, CBCP News reported.

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Patron of Serra Clubs to be canonised

Pope Francis quoted from the Acts of the Apostles in describing the Spanish Friar Junipero Serra saying, “I have made you a light to the nations, so that my salvation may reach the remotest parts of the earth” (Acts 13:47).

Also known as the Missionary of California, Friar Serra is set to be canonised on September 23 in Washington DC, during the pope’s visit to the United States of America (US).