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    Is Pacquiao a Saint? He Certainly Contribute In His Faith to The Conversion of a Lot of People


    To some, boxing champion and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao may be losing his marbles, but for some bishops of the Catholic Church he just may be a modern-day Filipino saint. "Let him be called crazy because when God converts people, others cannot understand whether it is the great grace of God,” said Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, who was ecstatic about Pacquiao’s decision to heed God’s message and retire from boxing. .Bishop Bastes said "most revered saints and prophets were called “crazy,” citing St. Francis of Assisi, an Italian monk and son of a wealthy cloth merchant who left everything behind for the sake of the Lord in the 11th century. "Let him be called crazy because when God converts people, others cannot understand whether it is the great grace of God," said Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, who was ecstatic about Pacquiao's decision to heed God's message and retire from boxing.."


    Could Pacquiao be a modern Philippine saint?
    He lives his faith on his own experience of conversion, and because of the every day prayers of his very devout mother.


    Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said he was very happy the world champion was heeding God’s call and was becoming more detached from worldly pursuits.


    “I like it. I approve of it 100 percent. Maybe [it’s] because of the prayers of his very devout mother. Every day she prays the rosary that Pacquiao will retire,” said Bastes.


    Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez also praised Pacquiao for his decision stat stating, that is obedience to God our Father and that sooner must he obey God’s message.


    The Catholic Church doesn’t back the sport because of the danger it poses to the boxers, said Bastes. In the Bible, God sometimes appeared to people in their dreams, so the result is very good for him,” said Bastes. a bit immoral because many people have been killed because of [it],” he said.


    Last month 21-year-old Filipino boxer Karlo Maquinto died from a blood clot in the brain following a bout in Caloocan City. He fell into a coma after the match in which he was knocked down twice but still won a majority decision against his opponent.
    The Catholic Bishops’ Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate has also invited the boxer to be its “Bible ambassador.”


    Pacquiao's humility is something that defines his work as a boxer.


    All in Heaven are, in the technical sense, saints, since they are believed to be completely perfected in holiness. Unofficial devotions to uncanonized individuals take place in certain regions. Sometimes the word "saint" is used to refer to Christians still sojourning here on earth.


    In Church tradition, a person who is seen as exceptionally holy can be declared a saint by a formal process, called canonization. Formal canonization is a lengthy process often taking many years, even centuries.

    The first step in this process is an investigation of the candidate's life, undertaken by an expert. After this, the report on the candidate is given to the bishop of the area and more studying is done. It is then sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome.

    If the application is approved, the person may be granted the title of "Venerable". Further investigations may lead to the candidate's beatification and given title of "Blessed." At a minimum, two important miracles are required to be formally declared a saint. These miracles must be posthumous. Finally, when all of this is done the Pope canonizes the saint.


    Pacquiao revealed recently that he was seriously considering retirement after God appeared to him in a dream in January and told him to quit boxing. The eight-time world champion said God told him he had already made something of himself and it was getting “dangerous.”


    Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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