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Humility is the first step to unity, Pope tells Catholics, Anglicans

Humility is the first step to unity, Pope tells Catholics, Anglicans

VATICAN, Feb. 26, 2017-– During his Sunday visit to Rome’s Anglican parish of All Saints, Pope Francis voiced gratitude for the good relations Catholics and Anglicans now enjoy, and said that on the path toward full communion, humility has to be the point of departure. “(Humility) is not only a beautiful virtue, but a question […]

VATICAN, Feb. 25, 2017-– On Saturday Pope Francis told a group of parish priests training on the new marriage annulment process to place strong emphasis on good preparation that isn’t limited to just a few courses, but extends even to the first few years after marriage. “I ask myself how many of these youth who […]

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Pope, top Curia officials launch new style of ‘ad limina’ visit

VATICAN– For decades, the visits bishops are required to make to the Vatican were known for their formality and routine style, but Pope Francis launched “a whole new style of ‘ad limina’ visits,” a Chilean bishop said. The bishops were expecting “to have a long meeting with a speech and then individual meetings,” as in […]

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Ilagan bishop resigns for health reasons

MANILA, Feb. 27, 2017– Almost two years of suffering from stroke have given toll on Capuchin Bishop Joseph Nacua of Ilagan.  Pope Francis accepted Nacua’s resignation for health reasons on Feb. 25 as of Ilagan diocese in Isabela province. In 2015, Nacua suffered stroke and was hospitalized. At 72, he is three years younger than […]

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Access to water is a basic human right, concerns ‘the common good’

VATICAN, Feb. 24, 2017-– A Vatican seminar on water held this week highlighted the complex challenges faced around the world in making the basic human right to water a reality for all people. Reliable access to safe and clean water for everyone is an issue close to the heart of the Church, Cardinal Peter Turkson […]

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Gratitude is central, Pope Francis tells Spanish footballers

VATICAN, Feb. 24, 2017-– Meeting with the members of the Spanish football team Villarreal CF on Thursday, Pope Francis stressed the importance of gratitude in the life of an athlete. “One of the characteristics of the good sportsman is gratitude. If we think of our own life, we can call to memory the many people […]

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Bishop condemns killing of Church worker

MANILA, Feb. 25, 2017— A Catholic bishop has condemned the assassination of a social action worker of  the Diocese of Kidapawan in southern Philippines.  Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo said it is alarming that even a Church worker who has been working for the poor fell victim to ‘extrajudicial killings’.   The prelate deplored the killing […]

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Anti-death penalty advocate cries railroading

MANILA, Feb. 25, 2017– A lay prison ministry official of the Catholic Church scored the undue haste of the House leadership to pass a measure seeking to revive the death penalty by next week. Mr. Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the CBCP Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, said the termination of the plenary debates ahead […]

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Cardinal Tagle urges all Manila parishes to mark EDSA anniversary

MANILA, Feb. 24, 2017— In an unprecedented move, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has called on all parishes in the Manila archdiocese to mark the EDSA People Power anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 25.’ He said the event should be done with “simplicity but deep” and coupled with public prayer events such as processions, rosary rallies, prayer […]

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42nd International Bamboo Organ Festival

The Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club with soprano Stefanie Quintin perform during the closing concert of the 42nd International Bamboo Organ Festival at the San Ezekiel Moreno Oratory in Las Piñas City, Feb. 22, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Lorenzo Atienza) Share

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Pope meets families of victims from deadly Bangladesh attack

VATICAN, Feb. 22, 2017-– Pope Francis met Wednesday morning with the families of nine of the victims of a terrorist attack which took place in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, last summer. The attack was carried out July 1, 2016 during a hostage scenario in the Hotel Artisan Bakery café in Dhaka. Twenty-eight people […]

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Vatican to crack down on illegal sale of papal symbols, coat of arms

VATICAN, Feb. 22, 2017-– On Wednesday the Vatican announced plans to monitor with a more careful eye those who print official images of the Pope or the Holy See and sell them for profit, intervening with “appropriate action” when necessary. A Feb. 22 communique issued by the Secretariat of State said pointed out that among […]

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EDSA is our people’s cry and God’s loving reply

Dear Cardinal Sin,   It is you I miss most these days.   I do not mean to disturb your peace. You already have passed from this valley of tears to the House of the Father but please Cardinal Sin, do not forget us in our present travails as a nation. I know you can […]

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Pope Francis: Protecting migrants is a ‘moral imperative’

VATICAN, Feb. 21, 2017-– On Tuesday Pope Francis said that it is our duty to defend the dignity of migrants, particularly by enacting just laws that offer protection to those forced to flee from dangerous or inhumane situations. “Defending (migrants’) inalienable rights, ensuring their fundamental freedoms and respecting their dignity are duties from which no […]

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Vatican, Al-Azhar team up to counter religious justification for violence

VATICAN, Feb. 21, 2017-– The Vatican and one of Islam’s most renowned schools of Sunni thought are joining forces to discuss how they can work together in combating religious extremism that uses God’s name to justify violence. On Feb. 21 the Vatican announced that Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, […]

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Old pastoral letter cites ‘death squad’ existence in Davao

MANILA, Feb. 21, 2017— While Malacañang denied there’s such a “death squad” in Davao city, a church document issued more than 15 years ago cited the existence of the group that carried out secret killings of suspected criminals. As early as November 2001, the Archdiocese of Davao wrote a pastoral letter,“Thou Shall Not Kill,” in […]

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