Local catechist from Taguig City might just become Philippines’ next modern-day saint

Laureana Franco, who dedicated her life as a volunteer catechist before she died in 2011 after a battle with cancer, is on her path to sainthood after the Vatican approved starting the process to possibly declare her a saint.

The Vatican just gave the green light to investigate whether a local catechist from Taguig City could become a saint.

Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara recently shared the good news that the Vatican has approved starting the process to possibly declare Laureana Franco, known as Ka Luring in her community in Hagonoy, Taguig, a saint, according to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Ka Luring, who passed away in 2011 after battling cancer, dedicated decades of her life as a volunteer catechist, starting in the late 1960s. Her reputation for holiness was so profound that even Manila’s archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin recognized her with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award from Pope St. John Paul II in 1990.

The formal go-ahead, called “nihil obstat,” came from Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, head of the Discatery of the Causes of Saints, following Bishop Vergara’s request earlier this year.

“May I ask for your unceasing prayers as we do the next steps required by the dicastery. Deo Gratias,” Vergara said in a Facebook post.