MANILA, Philippines -- Jesuit priest Father James Reuter, a pioneer and visionary in the world of theater, radio and television in the country, was finally laid to rest before noon Saturday.
Before the interment, a requiem mass was held at the
Church of the Gesù at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City Saturday morning.
His remains were brought to his final resting place at the Sacred Heart Novitiate Jesuit cemetery in Novaliches, Quezon City at around 11:30 a.m.
Reuter died on December 31 last year at the Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Parañaque City at the age of 96.
He served seven decades of priestly ministry after he arrived in the country in 1938 as a 22-year-old missionary.
He was also one of the millions who joined hands for the 1986 revolution against the martial rule.
In 1989, he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts, and was conferred many awards including the highest papal award given to any individual in recognition of outstanding and exemplary service to the Catholic Church and the Holy See.
In 2006, he was also made an honorary Filipino citizen by Congress in recognition of his lifetime service to the people. -- Report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM; With ANC