By Christina Hermoso
Tomorrow is the feast day of San Ramon Nonato (Saint Raymond Nonnatus), who is venerated in many countries including the Philippines, as a miraculous healer and powerful intercessor.
In the country, special masses in honor of the great preacher and missionary will be held at the Shrine of San Ramon Nonato in Tagas, Daraga, Albay. Commemorative rites will also be held in the towns of Guinlajon and Buenavista in Sorsogon.
Often invoked for safe childbirth, San Ramon, whose name is included in the Roman Martyrology, is also known as the protector of the unborn and the wrongly accused.
Ordained priest in the year 1222, he joined the Orden de la Merced (Mercedarian Order) later serving as its master-general, which helped raised funds to pay the ransom for Christians jailed in North Africa. He was later tortured for his faith.
San Ramon died in 1240 and was canonized in 1657 by Pope Alexander VII. He is considered as one of Spain’s most popular saints to this day.