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National Bible Week 2015 coming up

National Bible Week 2015 coming up

MANILA, July 23, 2014 — The Philippine Bible Society (PBS) announces the celebration of National Bible Week (NBW) from January 19 to 25, 2015 until National Bible Sunday on January 25, 2015. According to PBS General Secretary Dr. Nora Lucero, the theme for NBW 2015 is “Sharing the Word, Empowering the Poor, Transforming the Land”, which is [...]

Confab to explore contraception-corruption ‘link’

ILOILO City — A pro-life conference to be held at the Iloilo Grand Hotel on July 25 – 26 is set to explore the link between contraception and corruption. “A contraceptive mentality is the root to a self-centred mindset that, in turn, foments corruption in society. Contraception leads to greed that leads to corruption,” Jaro [...]

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You won’t guess what this young man is saving for

 NAVOTAS City, July 23, 2014— Just as other young people his age are setting their sights on the latest smart phone, a young man from Navotas is saving up — peso by peso — for an image of Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Grace.  “It all started with a dream I had of Mama Mary [...]

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Youth keeps Church alive—Tagle

MANILA, July 21, 2014—With his eyes fixed intently on the future, the country’s chief prelate discussed the indispensable role the youth play in keeping the Church alive. Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle confessed that while before he got distracted and annoyed by children screaming, fighting, and running around during masses, now children inside [...]

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Malate Church has first Filipino parish priest

MALATE, Manila, July 21, 2014 — After 426 years since it was built, the historic Malate Catholic Church (Our Lady of Remedies Parish) finally has a Filipino parish priest in the person of Columban priest Fr. Leonito “Leo” Distor. Installed on May 1, 2014, Koronadal-native Distor became the very first Filipino priest of the Malate [...]

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‘Mama’s boys’ to open Marian exhibit

CAINTA, Rizal, July 21, 2014—A Catholic lay group of mostly male Marians, committed to spreading devotion to the Blessed Mother, is scheduled to mount a Marian exhibit from August 3 to 24 at the Santa Lucía Grand Mall ballroom in Cainta, Rizal. “This is our way of expressing our love for Mama Mary, the mother [...]

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Tagle on fiestas: ‘It’s about faith’

MANILA, July 20, 2014—Fiesta fanatics, read on. At the risk of being tagged KJ (kill joy), the country’s top church executive on Sunday, July 6—the feast of St. Maria Goretti—reminded Catholics that faith should always be at the core of every fiesta celebration. “Fiestas are about faith. They are hardly about the lavish food served [...]

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Cavite’s ‘Queen’ on tour

CAVITE City, July 20, 2014—Cavite’s Queen, the “Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga” is scheduled to tour nine communities across Rizal, Caloocan, Quezon City, and Manila as part of its yearly “Dalaw Soledad” which seeks to promote devotion to the Blessed Virgin of Solitude. Since June when the Dalaw Soledad kicked off, the [...]

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‘Your faith will be tested’ – bishop to singles

ANTIPOLO City, July 20, 2014 – A bishop tells young people July 19 their faith will “be tested” in a message given during the CFC – Singles for Christ Metro Manila Regional Conference (MM Recon) that appeared to be part prophecy, part social commentary. “A day will come when you will be tested..How much Christ [...]

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Priest explains: Scapulars, medals not magic

JARO, Iloilo, July 18, 2014—With many Filipino Catholics wearing scapulars and medals, not really knowing what they are for, a priest in Iloilo recently stressed their true purpose — and it has nothing to do with magic. “One has to understand their use. Just getting hold of the promise without understanding its content and demands [...]

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Devotees rush to Carmel after ‘Glenda’ landfall

NAGA City, July 18, 2014 — Devotion is waterproof. This is what seemed apparent when devotees and pilgrims gathered in droves July 16 to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Carmel despite typhoon Glenda making landfall the day before. Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, who celebrated the holy mass on the Lady’s feast day [...]

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‘Consecration to Mary leads to Christ’—priest

PARAÑAQUE City, July 18, 2014—An Italian lecturer was in the country recently discussing how consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary brings the faithful closer to Jesus. In his talk titled “The Role of Mary in the Spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe” held July 5, Saturday, at the Madre Maria Pia Notari School, Multinational Village, Parañaque, [...]

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‘Love is not sex’, priest reminds youth

MANILA, July 15, 2014— A priest reminds a group of confirmands –most of whom young adults about to get married— that true love is not about sex, but sacrifice. “Love is not sex..True love consists in sacrifice, in the denying of oneself for a higher purpose, for the good of another …It is placing your [...]

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Dominicans ‘Marian to the core’ —expert

MANILA, July 15, 2014—In a formation talk he gave Sunday, July 13, at the Santa Catalina College in Sampaloc, a renowned Filipino Mariologist discussed the special relationship the Dominicans have with the Blessed Mother, and how it continues to shape their community to this day. “We, Dominicans, are Marian to the core,” he said, stressing [...]

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‘Common good requires rule of law’ – CBCP head

MANILA, July 15, 2014 – Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Socrates B. Villegas responded to President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s speech on the controversial  Disbursement Acceleration Program issue by saying, “The Rule of Law is a fundamental requirement, an objective condition – of the common good.” He explained this is [...]

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