The feast of the Santo Nino de Cebu

The feast of the Santo Nino de Cebu

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Father Jerry Gomez blesses children at the end of Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Camden, on Jan. 13. Filipino Catholics came together to celebrate the feast of the Santo Nino de Cebu.

On Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden, Filipino Catholics came together to celebrate the feast of the Santo Nino de Cebu, the Filipino representation of the infant Jesus. A statue of the Santo Nino was said to have been given as a baptismal gift, by explorer Ferdinand Magellan, to Queen Juana of Cebu in 1521, as a sign of her entrance into the Catholic faith, and her people’s alliance with Spain. Sunday’s liturgy was celebrated by Father Matthew Hillyard, cathedral rector, with Father Jerry Gomez, parochial vicar at St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights, concelebrating.

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