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Pasig bishop opens cause for sainthood of catechist 'Ka Luring'

Pasig bishop opens cause for sainthood of catechist 'Ka Luring'

A bishop in Pasig has announced the start of the process for the cause of sainthood of a local catechist and called on the faithful to participate by providing information on the work and life of "Ka Luring."

In a directive address to priests, nuns, and the public, Bishop Mylo Vergara said, "The Diocese of Pasig is proposing a candidate for sainthood in the person of the Servant of God, Laureana "Ka Luring" Franco of Hagonoy, Taguig City."

"With this Circular Letter, I invite the people of God in the Diocese of Pasig to participate in the tedious process of bringing to light the life and heroic virtues of a legendary catechist to Sainthood. I invite all the faithful to provide me with helpful information regarding the cause of "Ka Luring."

Ka Luring, who was the eldest of eight children, studied in various catechetical centers and formation houses before teaching catechism to students of public schools.

She worked as a telephone switchboard operator and clerk at the Villamor Airbase of the Philippine Air Force from 1963 to 1969.

But she left her work to become a full-time catechist.

Ka Luring received several awards including the Papal Award - Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice - from the late Saint Pope John Paul II in December 1990. In 2002 she was given the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Award.

She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and passed away on Oct. 17, 2011.

The postulator of the cause is Erickson S. Javier, the Doctor of Ministry from the Diocese of Pasig, according to the Edict, which was signed by Chancellor Fr. Joeffrey Brian V. Catuiran, JCL.

Information, whether personal or private, with photocopied authenticated documents or letters on the life and works of Ka Luring can be submitted to the Office of the Chancellor at the Sta. Clara de Montefalco Compound, Caniogan, Pasig City. — BAP/KG, GMA Integrated News