Fr. Reuter's role in ousting Marcos recalled

by Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 01 2013 06:37 PM | Updated as of Jan 02 2013 02:37 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Several nuns who were close to the late Fr. James Reuter were among the first to visit his remains at the St. Paul's College in Manila.

Sister Sarah Manapol recounted Fr. Reuter's role in ousting former President Ferdinand Marcos during the EDSA revolution in 1986. The priest was then the head of the National Office of Mass Media of the Catholic Church.

Upon the orders of Cardinal Sin, Fr. Reuter called on Catholics to block the tanks that were headed to Camp Aguinaldo and Camp Crame where Juan Ponce Enrile and Fidel Ramos were holed up.

As a result of his efforts, thousands of people joined the EDSA revolution. This was perhaps one of the reasons why many loved Fr. Reuter.

Aside from his role in the EDSA Revolution, Fr. Reuter is known for having pushed the Family Rosary Crusade.

Fr. Reuter also paid close attention to the mass media and was given the KBP Lifetime Award.

In 2005, Fr. Reuter was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He had wanted to reach the age of 104 like his friends but on December 31, Fr. Reuter passed away at the age of 96 due to pneumonia and heart failure.

Fr. Reuter's remains will remain at St. Paul's College until Thursday morning.

On January 3, Fr. Reuter's remains will be transferred to the Ateneo de Manila University where he taught for decades.