Viral priest clarifies: Photos on social media old, not edited

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VIRAL priest and licensed fitness instructor Fr. Ferdinand Santos clarified on a Facebook post that photos of him making rounds on social media were not edited, but old photos of him.

"Ladies and gentlemen, yours truly is old! And dang proud of it!!! The photos people have drawn from my page span 17 years! But no, they were not edited. I don't have the sophistication or the time to waste to do that kind of work," he said.

Photos of Fr. Santos have been going viral on social media since August 30 due to his good looks and his decision to go back to the Philippines from the United States to serve in poor parishes in the country.

Fr. Santos, a licensed fitness instructor with doctorate degree in Philosophy and professor of Philosophy and Theology, is a former rector of St. John Vianney Seminary in Florida, USA.

"I've been a Roman Catholic priest for 22 amazing years and I've been happy and fulfilled in every single one of them," he said.

The photos circulating on social media were from some 17 years ago, when he was around 30 years old.

His message to his fans: “There is so much more to life than constantly running after things that will never fully satisfy us.”

"It's a truly blessed life, because one is able to help people, to bring them to God, and to be a reminder to them, and to the whole world, that there's so much more to life than constantly running after things that will never fully satisfy us no matter how much of them we amass for ourselves," he said. (RGT)

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