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Event to discuss ‘women’s take’ on PH families

Event to discuss ‘women’s take’ on PH families

QUEZON City, August 20, 2014—Taking on Pope Francis’ challenge to “broaden the opportunities for a stronger presence of women in the Church,” the Loyola Schools’ Department of Theology invites everyone to “A Symposium on the Filipino Family: Catholic and Women’s Perspectives” on September 13, Saturday, at the Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University, from [...]

Biometrics registration for voters to go ‘house-to-house’

MANILA, August 20, 2014—Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) will be going house-to-house to facilitate biometric registration in preparation for the 2016 presidential election. PPCRV national chairperson Henrietta de Villa said the campaign seeks to help the Commission on Elections (Comelec) encourage the Filipino public to exercise their right to vote, especially those who [...]

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PNoy’s 2nd term bid bad for PH—bishop

QUEZON City, August 20, 2014—A top churchman believes President Benigno S. Aquino’s (PNoy) alleged “openness” to a second term in office will be the country’s undoing, and invites all Filipinos to act as one in condemning it. “Let your grievances be heard. Tell the President you don’t want him extending his stay in office because [...]

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Laity invited to ‘faith confab’

MANILA, August 20, 2014—Heeding the Church’s call for more lay involvement, a secular institute “chooses to be brave,” inviting the public to the “Catechetical Conference 2014” (CatCon 2014) to be held at St. Dominic Hall, Santa Catalina College, Legarda, Manila on September 13 (Saturday). “CatCon is a program which aims to equip the lay faithful [...]

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Cebu archbishop optimistic about people’s initiative

MANILA, August 18, 2014—-Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma is optimistic that the people’s initiative against the pork barrel system will succeed. What motivates him to be optimistic, the archbishop said, is that he sees real willingness from the civil society in reaching the goal. “To me I’m very hopeful, but even the fact that there is [...]

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MANILA, August 18, 2014–The Diocese of Legaspi said it will provide shelters assistance to victims of typhoon Glenda in Albay as its effort has shifted from relief assistance to recovery. Fr. Rex Arjona, Social Action Director, said that shelter is emerging as a key priority after typhoon Glenda hundreds of homes were damaged when typhoon [...]

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Bishops frown at calls for constitutional change, possible term extension

MANILA, August 17, 2014–Several bishops from various parts of the Philippines expressed concern over reports of possible constitutional change and President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino’s intention to hold on beyond 2016 due to an alleged people’s clamor. Asked of their opinion about media reports of a possible changes in the constitution to reduce the judicial [...]

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Pope’s visit a ‘morale-booster’—priest

MANILA, August 20, 2014—A Catholic priest believes the Holy Father’s scheduled visit to the Philippines next year will boost the morale of the Filipino youth, especially as the event is an invitation to relive the record-breaking World Youth Day (WYD) held in Manila in 1995. In a recent interview over church-run Radyo Veritas, Fr. Conegundo [...]

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CBCP partners with DOH vs. ‘killer virus’

MANILA, August 16, 2014—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Health Care (CBCP-ECHC) assures the public that the office joins the Department of Health (DOH) in closely monitoring the impending danger of Ebola virus, which had already killed hundreds in Africa and might spark a probable worldwide pandemic if left unchecked. Fr. Dan [...]

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‘Give CCT a chance’—bishop

MANILA, August 16, 2014—A high-ranking church official believes the government must push for an “external evaluation” before it decides on whether to continue or to scrap the much-battered Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, who chairs the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the [...]

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‘Focus on Mindanao, not on 2016’ – group to Pnoy

QUEZON City, August 15, 2014—Advocacy group Promotion of Church Peoples’ Response (PCPR) expresses worry that many vital issues and problems in Mindanao is being sidelined given what it believes is the Aquino administration’s premature obsession with the upcoming 2016 national elections. “This early, our government’s attention is unfortunately fixed on the elections in 2016,” PCPR [...]

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Rights group calls for end of impunity

MANILA, August 15, 2014—Amid the partying of many over the capture of Retired Army Major General Jovito Palparan, a human rights group believes President Benigno S. Aquino III (PNoy) must redouble the government’s efforts at rooting out the “culture of impunity” prevailing in the country. “We laud their efforts but we must say…We are worried very [...]

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Filipino Knights of Columbus Honored for Culture of Life Activities

ORLANDO, Fla, August 14, 2014–Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council 12405 in San Mateo, Rizal, Luzon, was honored with the International Service Award for Culture of Life Activities at the Knights’ 132nd international convention for its pro-life activities. On March 25, wishing to commemorate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and to extend [...]

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QUEZON City, August 14, 2014— A Filipino Catholic priest based in war-torn Libya said the P10,000 financial assistance offered by the Philippine government to repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) is not enough. “…(S)ome OFWs, especially those with large families, complain that amount is still not enough,” Fr. Celco Laraccas, parish priest of St. Francis Catholic [...]

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Some ‘Yolanda’-damaged churches OK now

MANILA, August 14, 2014— Several parish churches that were severely damaged by typhoon Yolanda last year are now ready to offer services again. “The people were really happy and others became emotional that after some months, their churches were rebuilt again,” Fr. Emerson Luego, Caritas Manila in-charge for Visayas and Mindanao said. According to him, [...]

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It’s Palawan’s turn vs. ‘pork’

PUERTO PRINCESA City, August 14, 2014—Taking its cue from the Diocese of Kalibo, the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa went “all-out” in support of the signature drive for the people’s initiative against pork barrel. “We’re very much all-out. If we had done it against political dynasty, we’re doing it against pork barrel. That’s why I [...]

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