Father Fernando Suarez, known as the Filipino 'healing priest,' addresses a crowd during one of his healing activities. (Photo courtesy of Father Fernando Suarez Followers and Healing Group)
A Catholic priest in the Philippines who became popular for his "healing ministry" died of a heart attack while playing tennis in Manila on Feb. 4.Father Fernando Suarez, known among Filipinos as a “healing priest,” collapsed while playing a match at a posh country club.The priest, a Filipino member of the Canada-based Companions of the Cross, was declared dead about 4pm. He would have turned 53 years old on Feb. 7.The priest's spokeswoman, Deedee Siytangco, said Father Suarez was playing in a tournament he himself organized for priests. He beat two priests earlier in the day in a pair of single-set matches. "[But in the] third game, he just collapsed," said Siytangco.Father Suarez was recently in the news after he was cleared by the Vatican of accusations of sexually abusing minors.