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Byline: Josephine Darang
AT LEAST A THOUSAND OFWS filled up the Annunciation Church in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, to welcome San Lorenzo Ruiz during the Mass concelebrated by Fr. Lino Nicasio, SVD, principal of St. Jude Catholic School in Manila, and Fr. Emil Lim, SVD, chaplain of the Filipino community in Hong Kong.
It was like a coming home for San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint, who himself was an overseas worker of sorts in Nagasaki in l636 (he came with a band of Dominican friars wanting to evangelize Japan amid persecution). OFWs dressed as Lights of the Altar (altar servers) and Eucharistic ministers walked in the processional bringing in the Mass …