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National Newsbits for August 25, 2014

FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH CALASANZ

The Catholic Church commemorates today the Feast of Saint Joseph Calasanz, the founder of the first Catholic educational order, the Order of Piarists, and the universal patron of all Christian schools in the world. In the country, commemorative rites will be held in Iloilo City in honor of the Spanish saint who pioneered the setting up of free public schools in Europe known as the Pious Schools during the 15th century. Born in Aragon, Spain in 1556, St. Joseph was ordained priest in 1583. Soon after, he founded the Order of Piarists or the Clerks Regular of the Religious Schools whose mission was to educate children and young people, particularly the poor. In 1597, he opened the first free public school in Europe with the purpose of educating poor children. St. Joseph died in 1648 and was canonized by Pope Clement XIII on July 16, 1767. On Aug. 13, 1948, Pope Pius XII declared him as the universal patron of all Christian schools in the world. (Christina I. Hermoso)

CALOOCAN BETTOR HITS P22.7-M POT

Bettors are expected to troop to lotto outlets nationwide to stake their chances at winning the Grand Lotto 6/55’s jackpot which is projected to reach P119 million. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said no bettor picked last Saturday’s winning combination of 44-21-07-39-34-14 which had a P110-million jackpot prize. PCSO acting Chairman Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, however, said 30 bettors won P94,240 each for picking five of the six winning numbers. Rojas also said that a bettor who placed a bet in Caloocan City won the P22,760,804 jackpot for the 6/42 Lotto draw of last after picking the winning combination of 16-38-13-15-09-08. (Edd K. Usman)