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National newsbits for June 24, 2014

Feast of St. John the Baptist

Devotees from across the country celebrate today the Birth of Saint John the Baptist (San Juan de Bautista), one of only two saints, the other one being the Virgin Mary, whose birth anniversary is commemorated by the Catholic Church. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will celebrate a high mass at the St. John the Baptist Parish (Pinaglabanan Church) in San  Juan City at 6 p.m. The feast will be marked with the traditional dousing of water reminiscent of the baptism done by St. John at the Jordan River. (Christina I. Hermoso)