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CEBU City, July 19, 2012—A conference that seeks to promote more awareness and to spread far and wide the legacy of soon to be second Filipino saint, Blessed Pedro Calungsod, will be held on August 30 at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, Cebu. Dubbed as “Youth and the path to Greatness […]

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CEBU City, July 19, 2012―Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal urged the faithful to learn from the values of Pedro Calungsod and put the needs of others ahead of their own. During his homily at the launching of the 100-day countdown to the canonization of Pedro Calungsod at the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino on […]

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MANILA, July 19, 2012—Organizers of the first Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS) held last weekend urged youth coordinators in the dioceses to replicate the highly successful event in their respective regions to train young Catholics to be online missionaries. Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth called on youth ministries to […]

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MANILA, July 19, 2012–Reacting to news reports of the reproductive health (RH) bill’s unlikely passage, Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) Executive Secretary Fr. Melvin Castro called on the faithful to remain vigilant, saying that reports of slim chances for the passage of the measure are no reason to celebrate. Castro further said the […]

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MANILA, July 18, 2012―Echoing the call of Pope Benedict XVI for a renewed evangelization, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines urged the faithful to live their Christian faith fervently as the universal Church opens the year of faith and the Philippine church looks forward to celebrating its 500th year of Christianity. The pope, in […]

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MANILA, July 18, 2012—Participants on the recently concluded 1st Catholic Social Media Summit have promised to apply what they have learned from the summit―to make good use of the social media for evangelization. Mary Whilssy Candelaria, a volunteer staff of CBCP’s Youth Commission said she will use the social media to glorify the Lord in […]

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An Irish missionary kidnapped and freed by gunmen in 2009 in Mindanao is leaving the Philippines for good. Father Michael Sinnott of the Society of St. Columban is leaving for Ireland Friday and will retire there after many years of serving the Catholic Church and various communities in Mindanao. In a send-off party held at […]

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Bishops pray for Pinoy Olympic athletes

Catholic bishops said that they would keep the Filipino athletes at the London Olympics in their prayers. In a statement, Archbishop Jose Palma, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president, said that like the two Filipino saints, the Filipino athletes have something good to share. “As you participate in various games, you share your […]

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Gov’t urged to regulate sale of condoms

MANILA, July 18, 2012– A former legislator said there is a need for the government to strictly regulate the sale of contraceptives that are available over the counter. Former Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr., said that such measure is needed so as not to make them easily accessible to just anyone especially the youth. “Convenience stores […]

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‘I Like Pedro week’ campaign gains almost 1.7 million fans

One week after the launch of the ‘I like Pedro week’ campaign spearheaded by the National Commission for Pedro Calungsod’s canonization last July 8, the social networks of the soon to be 2nd Filipino saint has gained almost 1.7 million fans, organizers announced. “Yesterday in our 98th day before the canonization, social networks of Pedro […]

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A ranking Catholic bishop called on President Benigno Aquino III to reveal the country’s real situation when he delivered his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), made the appeal on Aquino, saying it is important for the […]

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Young people gear up for NCR Youth Day for Life

Young people from 10 ecclesiastical territories of the National Capital Region (NCR) are all set to gather to celebrate the vibrance of the faith among the youth and to deepen their understanding of one of the hottest issues of this generation. “NCR Youth Day for Life,” a whole-day event which takes place on Sunday, July […]

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A group of armed men ambushed the convoy of two Catholic priests in Basilan province on Sunday. Fathers Elmer Cantular and Julius Boado were unharmed in the attack, which occurred at the outskirt of Sumisip town’s Tumahubong village. Isabela Bishop Martin Jumoad said the priests were on their way to Isabela town when the attack […]

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July 14, date set for annual Catholic Social Media Summit

If the Americans have the 4th of July to celebrate their history, Filipinos will keep sacred the 14th of July for their Catholic faith. This as the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Youth has approved the holding of the Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS) every July 14 or during the […]

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