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Joyful at 25

Joyful at 25

Fr. Carmelo O. Diola Spaces of Hope   It is difficult to contain my joy. When I first met some Tokhang surrenderers of Barangay Subangdako in Mandaue City, they were unkempt and could not even look you in the eye, their eyes seemingly always downcast. They just mumbled their answers, in one to three incoherent […]

Gifts of hope

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A Pilgrimage of Mercy

Spaces of Hope Fr. Carmelo O. Diola   “You need a different ticket to sit over there,” the plainclothes Swiss guard told me. A moment before, I had asked him if I may sit close enough to the altar for the Saturday catechism for volunteers and workers of mercy in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. […]

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‘From Tokhang to Labang’

Fr. Carmelo O. Diola Spaces of Hope   Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency because of his anti-drug agenda. 16 million deeply frustrated Filipinos chose him to end the woes and sufferings brought about by the monster drug menace. When imprisoned drug lords continue to operate with impunity inside supposedly maximum security jails, an extraordinary […]

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Three Golds

Fr. Carmelo O. Diola Spaces of Hope   I WAS waiting inside a tourist bus when it fluttered in unannounced and unobtrusive, finally perching precariously on the window pane immediately to my left. I took a closer look—the butterfly had golden wings! More precisely, its wingtips were black, followed by a layer of white, then […]

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Shortcuts and the Forbidden Fruits of Politics

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Crocodile, Cobra, or a Mad Dog?

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Chocolate, Songs, and the Tilma

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Minding One’s Own Business

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Minding One’s Own Business

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Buongon and Kamunggay

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Better Late than Never

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Ok Lang ‘Yan

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Virgin of Guadalupe

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‘Doable after all’

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Our Journey Continues

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