St. Augustine of Canterberry Feast

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MANILA, Philippines - Catholics celebrate Friday the feast of St. Augustine (San Agustin) of Canterbury, the patron saint of England, and the founder of the English church. Known as the "Apostle to the English," St. Augustine was a Benedictine monk. He was serving as the abbot of St. Andrew's abbey in Rome, Italy when he was sent by Pope St. Gregory the Great, along with 30 other missionaries, to evangelize England. As the first evangelizer of England, St. Augustine built a Catholic church and a monastery dedicated to Sts. Peter and Paul, and established new dioceses throughout the country. He became the first archbishop of Canterbury, tirelessly spreading the Word of God throughout England for eight years, converting thousands to the faith. (Christina Hetrmoso)Memorial dayOfficials from the Philippines and the United States will lead the commemoration of the American holiday of Memorial Day during a ceremony that will be held at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Fort Bonifacio on Sunday morning, May 29, 2011. Expected to attend are US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas Jr., US Pacific Air Forces Commander General Gary L. North, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Oban Jr. who will share their appreciation of the importance of the event. (Roy C. Mabasa)Manual systemA network of political reform advocacy groups and individuals has called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to hold the elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as scheduled using the manual system of counting. During a press conference held in Pasig City, Tanggulang Demokrasya or (Tan Dem) said that they are strongly objecting the plan of Malacanang and Congress to postpone the ARMM elections and to synchronize it with the mid-term polls in 2013 as the people of ARMM should not be deprived of their democratic right to choose their leaders in fair and honest elections. …