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THE interesting elections are over.  The winners are celebrating.  The losers are mourning.  The general public is waiting.  What happens next?  So much money changed hands.  So many lives were put in danger if not actually lost.  So many enticing promises were made.  What happens next?  The merely talking and simply posturing national leadership is going–after having so much errant deeds done and many [...]

THAT a horde of millions of Filipinos, including those abroad, will loudly lend their support to a presidential candidate who promises change and strong political will despite vulgarity, loose character, and a track record of human rights violations, not to mention a platform of reform that overtly promises the use of death squads to curb [...]

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THE cases of victims of injustice in this country are  growing in gravity and in number year after year.  So it is too that the offenders are increasing in kind and count as time goes by.  To top it all, the justice system in the country has become more and more dysfunctional–not to mention the likewise more and [...]

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IS it too hard to understand the saying that the one and only rational response to hunger is food? Reason and logic—even morals and ethics—can be well irrelevant to hungry people. Hunger and despair go hand in hand, especially for helpless and hopeless people.  And to respond thereto with unbridled anger and mortal force makes the [...]

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THERE are indications that the now deviant Philippine politics—by and large brought about by a good number of elected and appointed errant public officials from the local to the national levels of government—is definitely not hopeless. This positive outlook is by and large premised on some subsistent factors which are rather well-known and not really [...]

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WITH the way politics is perceived and actually practiced in this country, the conclusion is rather evident that through it, government officials become not only very authoritative and influential but become richer and richer the longer they stay in office. Just as no poor individual would dare run for an elective office, so it is [...]

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THUS categorically speaks the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines, specifically as a democratic and republican state.  It even categorically affirms that all government authority emanates from the people themselves.  All these and more are even considered principles and state policies.  In other words, Filipinos are a free people.  Theirs is a secular state.  They choose and hire them as their [...]

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ONE of the best things happening to the Catholic Church today—and perhaps to the whole world, by reason of possible repercussions—is the declaration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. And another good thing is the sending of Missionaries of Mercy.              At the Misericordiae Vultus, the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy [...]

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There is something nostalgic about a huge hall filled with empty chairs. Just hours ago, this hall—the IEC Pavilion—was reverberating with the sounds of faith and joy. Now it is empty but for us who must record for posterity everything that took place within its walls this past week. For seven consecutive days this hall [...]

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THE Eucharist can well be the very test and proof of our Catholicity and universality. It’s in that sacrament where the universal mind and heart is required as well as developed. And that’s simply because the Eucharist represents the very mind and heart of Christ who gave us the new commandment that summarizes and perfects all [...]

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AT the press conference on the first day of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, a question was posed on how the Congress would regard other religions. One of the panelists answered that one of the discussions in the said congress is about inter-religious dialogue–which has been one of the breakthroughs of the Second Vatican Council, [...]

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IN October last year, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma delivered a talk at the Holy See Press Office in Rome about the forthcoming 51st International Eucharistic Congress that will be held in Cebu on Jan. 24 – 31, 2016; to be preceded by a theological symposium on Jan. 20-22. In that talk, he asked for prayers [...]

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In Misericordiae Vultus, the Bull of Indiction, released in April this year announcing the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis already gave the reason why this Jubilee Year had to be opened on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The logic he gave was “its rich meaning in the recent history of the [...]

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THE 3rd Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) National Assembly held recently in Manila was an opportunity to revisit an ongoing pastoral priority of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. This pastoral approach, which is seen as a new way of being church, was formally adopted in 1991 at the celebration of the Second Plenary Council of [...]

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THE country has never seen so much pain and misery more than those brought about by super typhoon Yolanda, with the exception perhaps of the Japanese occupation and World War II.  But two years after, the massive outpouring of assistance, philanthropy, and religious concern for the survivors was unprecedented. On the other hand, government neglect, [...]

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TRUE to what Pope Francis said at the opening of the Synod on the Family  thatit is not a parliament where participants negotiate or lobby but a place of prayer where bishops speak with courage and open themselves to “God who always surprises us,” the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, indeed, [...]

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