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Gifts of hope

Fr. Carmelo O. Diola Share

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MASK-ing the issue

Attorney  Jo Imbong Share

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A Christmas wish… no to Death Penalty

Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Share

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Light in the midst of darkness

Fr. Amado L. Picardal Share

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Community-Based Rehabilitation Program

Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Duc in altum   The Diocese of Kalookan launched the opening of the Year of Parishes, a Communion of Communities with the theme “Forming BEC’s As Agents of Communion, Participation And Mission.” The launch was a 3-in-1 event: The BEC Day, Task Force Salubong and the announcement of new parish assignments […]

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Christmas in a wounded archipelago

Rev. Eutiquio ‘Euly’ B. Belizar, Jr., SThD By the Roadside   It is customary for Pinoys to count the days to Christmas Day so as to heighten the excitement leading to its coming. Ordinary people and the media remind one another of the count each day. I don’t know but it hasn’t helped me much […]

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Why netizens think the Church is afraid to criticize Duterte

Fr. Emmanuel Mijares Another Angle   There is a need to state and distinguish two realities: Duterte as a person and as an elected president who has to be respected and understood. And a distinction: One thing is to post against his persona and another thing is to go against the extrajudicial killings. The president’s […]

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Pastoral accompaniment

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly speaking   It’s one concept Pope Francis is trying to popularize and push, asking the clergy especially, and even the seminarians, to have the appropriate training, so that the true spirit of the mercy of Christ can be spread more widely, and especially to those in some special conditions insofar as […]

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Family Life: Pastoral Challenges and Responses

James H. Kroeger, M.M. LIVING MISSION “Year of Eucharist and Family” Reflections   In The Joy of Love Pope Francis states that the Church does well “to focus on concrete realities,” since ‘the call and the demands of the Spirit resound in the events of history’” (31). What are some key challenges families face today? […]

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Grave but forgivable

Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, MPA Collection Box   In an astounding move, Pope Francis has extended indefinitely the faculty given to all priests to absolve from the sin of abortion. As it marked the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Vatican released on Nov. 20 an Apostolic Letter titled Misecordia et Misera, which […]

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An honest request

Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ Pitik-Bulag   Let me share my private conversations with someone–a concerned follower of my Facebook postings. THE REQUEST: “Father, please stay away from politics.” “Good morning, Father Willy, I just want to voice out my thoughts and feelings, for it bothers me when I see your latest posts about politics. You […]

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The Year of Parishes, Communion of Communities

Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Duc in Altum   With the closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Eucharist and the Family, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will open the Year 2017 as the “Year of Parishes, Communion of Communities.” It is part of the “novena-years” of the Philippine Catholic Church in […]

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A past that lies unburied

Rev. Eutiquio ‘Euly’ B. Belizar, Jr., SThD By the roadside   “Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain…as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens” (Exodus 18:21) “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility […]

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Beware of privileges and entitlements

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly speaking   As school chaplain, I get to talk with students who are transitioning from one level to another—be it from high school to college or from college to professional life, etc. A common problem or difficulty these students meet in this stage of their life is that of adjustment. Most […]

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Advent and the sense of beginning

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly speaking With the celebration of the Solemnity of the Christ the King, we ended another liturgical year. We are now beginning a new one with the season of Advent, the proximate preparation for the birth of Christ at Christmas. The immediate thought that comes to mind in this transition of the […]

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A burning faith that cannot be hidden

Tessa Mangahas Pilgrim at the periphery   Recent trips showed me how faith is manifested in different ways, from the ostentatious to the meek. Europe has majestic churches that mirror how the Christian faith evolved through the years. From Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica to Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, my mouth was agape at the glorious […]

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