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Feast of San Roque

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By Christina Hermoso 

Roman Catholics will celebrate tomorrow the feast day of San Roque (Saint Roch), the revered patron saint of the sick and the invalid.

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Saint Roch
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The 8th novena mass, which started on Aug. 9, will be held at the San Roque Parish in Pateros, Manila. Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara will celebrate a high mass at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

At the San Roque Parish in Barranka, Mandaluyong City, celebrations will also be held on Sunday. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will preside over a high mass at 6 p.m. A high mass will also be held at 9:45 a.m.

Venerated as the protector against the plague, local devotion to San Roque started as early as the 1637 when, according to stories, many were miraculously cured of malaria after holding a procession in honor of the healing saint.

Born in 1295 in Montpellier, France, San Roque was miraculously marked from birth with a red cross on his chest that increased in size as he grew up. He entered the Franciscan Order and cared for the sick and the poor. He was known as a miracle healer as he cured the sick through prayer, the touch of his hand, and by making the sign of the cross.

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