Beng welcomes St. Claire relic PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 March 2012 16:38

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao and 1st District Representative Beng Climaco Saturday joins the Archdiocese of Zamboanga in welcoming the 800 year old relic of St. Claire.

Climaco’s congressional office has been tapped to do coordinative measures for the visit of St. Claire’s relics to the city.

“The relic of St. Claire has been visiting the different cities in the Philippines and we are very fortunate that Zamboanga and Basilan can have a glimpse of her. We had been in touch with Ambassador Mercedes Tuason, our Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See in their desire to bring closer to the people the relic of St. Claire,” Rep. Climaco said.

St. Claire’s relic has been taken out of Rome for the first time in 800 years and has been visiting places to increase her devotees.

The Archdiocese of Zamboanga is in the lead of all the preparation under the leadership of Archbishop Valles.

The Veneration of the Relic of St. Claire and all Masses will be held at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception from 13-14 March.

“We hope that all devotees and our catholic brothers and sisters can come together for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the vigil schedules,” the lady solon added.

Records show that Clare of Assisi (sometimes spelled Clair, Claire, etc.) (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253), born Chiara Offreduccio, is an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life—the first monastic rule known to have been written by a woman. Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honor as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares.

Pope Pius XII designated her as the patron saint of television in 1958, on the basis that when she was too ill to attend Mass, she had reportedly been able to see and hear it on the wall of her room.[7] The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) was founded by a Poor Clare nun, Mother Angelica.

In art, Clare is often shown carrying a monstrance or pyx, in commemoration of the time when she warded away the soldiers of Frederick II at the gates of her convent by displaying the Blessed Sacrament and kneeling in prayer. — Marvin Segura