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‘Love and service go together’ —Tagle

MANILA, April 19, 2014 — Love and service must work hand-in-hand to realize Jesus Christ’s message in its entirety, a high-ranking Church official said. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Maundy Thursday reminded the faithful that love and service must work together, for one without the other would not manifest the true memorial left [...]

Villegas to priests: Counter loneliness with prayer

MANILA, April 19, 2014 — How do priests counter occasional bouts of loneliness, isolation, and frustration in their ministry? According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ president, the answer is nothing but a “healthy prayer life.” “There is no happy celibate without a healthy prayer life. You want to be happy priests, keep [...]

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Bishop explains how holiness is like playing basketball

IMUS City, Cavite, April 18, 2014 —  Apparently, basketball can teach you a thing or two about being holy, says a bishop. “Sanctity is like basketball; we have to always be on-guard to keep Satan from scoring against us. But we also need to score some points to win the game that’s why we need [...]

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‘Start a new life by believing’ – bishop tells faithful

PARAÑAQUE City, April 18, 2014—As a fitting introduction to the Easter Triduum, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Teodoro J. Buhain, Jr. enjoined the assembled Catholics of Parañaque Wednesday, April 16 to start afresh and believe in the Gospel. “Magbagong-buhay ka, at sa Mabuting Balita sumampalataya. (Start anew and believe in the Good News).What other commandment could sound [...]

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MANILA, April 18, 2014 — Pontius Pilate, the prefect of the province of Judaea under Roman rule who found Christ innocent, yet did not make a stand to spare His life, lives in the midst of us today, a priest said on Maundy Thursday. “Like Pilate himself, they can tell the right from the wrong, [...]

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‘Restore family Lenten traditions’ – Marian group

MANILA, April 18, 2014 — Remembering how the faithful used to celebrate Lent, a lay Marian apostolate yesterday vowed to restore and spread age-old Lenten traditions centred on the Filipino family. “Our  ancestors also observed these acts (Lenten traditions), but they did it as a family,” said The Image of the Queen of Heaven Apostolate [...]

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Bishop on Washing of Feet: ‘Christ teaches us forgiveness’

PARAÑAQUE City, April 18, 2014—Taking his cue from Scripture, Parañaque Bishop Jesse Eugenio Mercado headed Maundy Thursday’s “Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper” at the Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew where he washed the feet of chosen faithful in pious imitation of what the Lord “so humbly did for the forgiveness of sins”. “By this [...]

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Tagle to faithful: Live by the Holy Spirit’s anointing

MANILA, April 17, 2014 — “Return to nothingness, focus on Jesus Christ, and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit’s anointing.” Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Maundy Thursday relayed this message to the Catholic faithful, telling them how to concretely live out the anointing of the Holy Spirit this Lenten season. “Our gathering [...]

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‘Real stewardship hurts,’ Villegas reminds faithful

MANILA, April 16, 2014 – Stewardship would not be complete without pain and suffering, attesting to its true meaning. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas relayed this message to the Catholic faithful this Holy Week, noting the real cost of sacrifice made in the name of the God. “Stewardship does not wait for the surplus. Stewardship must [...]

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Manila Cathedral ‘standing room only’ for Palm Sunday

MANILA, April 16, 2014—Like sardines in a tin can, hundreds, if not thousands, of  Catholic faithful packed the recently reopened Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica for the Palm Sunday evening mass. Manila Cathedral rector Msgr. Nestor C. Cerbo, who presided over the evening mass that day, was just as overwhelmed by the number of churchgoers present. “What a surprise! [...]

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‘We have our own Jerusalem’ – bishop to faithful

PARAÑAQUE City, April 15, 2014—In a solemn homily on April 13 that captured the spirit of the season, Parañaque Bishop Jesse Eugenio Mercado reminded parishioners about their unconscious participation in Christ’s Passion through their own “personal Jerusalem.” “Like Christ, each one of us has his own Jerusalem, a personal Jerusalem, which we must embrace. You will [...]

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MANILA, April 15, 2014— The Archdiocese of Manila will lead a seven-kilometer penitential walk for the country’s safety from future calamities on Good Friday, April 18. Organized by the archdiocese’s broadcast stations, TV Maria and Radio Veritas, the “Via Crucis for Good Weather” will start from San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay City to [...]

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Lenten feature to explore suffering

QUEZON City, April 15, 2014—What is suffering? Why does God — with His love — allow it to exist? And why do bad things happen to good people? These are but some of the existential issues which a TV special will discuss this Maundy Thursday. Called “Kalbaryo: Saan patungo ang iyong pagdurusa?” after the hill where Jesus [...]

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Youth go out as ‘missionaries’, inspired by Calungsod

LAOAG CITY, April 15, 2014 – A group of young people are showing that age is not a requirement to be a missionary. Taking their cue from San Pedro Calungsod, some 68 youth from the Diocese of Laoag made a commitment last April 8 to become modern-day missionaries by joining an institute dedicated to the [...]

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Youth org to discuss environmental issues in nat’l confab

TAGAYTAY CITY, April 15, 2014 – Zeroing in on a key issue, the Student Catholic Action of the Philippines (SCAP)’s next leadership conference on April 30 to May 4 at the Talavera House of Prayer, Basak, Cebu City will focus on climate change. The 11th National Leadership Conference (NLC) , the triennial gathering of SCAP [...]

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150 ‘special children’ to learn skills at summer camp

QUEZON CITY, April 15, 2014 – About 150 special children from different parts of the country will gather for a fun-filled summer camp with workshops on basic self-care and independence in Orion, Bataan on April 25-May 4. The camp is “a big play ground,” said Guided and Unified Interaction for the Development of Children, Inc. (GUIDE, [...]

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