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Created for love, created for chastity

A Pastoral Response to the Grave Evil of Pornography Message of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on the occasion of the opening of the Lenten Season 2016 Our brothers and sisters in Christ: One of the astonishing revelations of the Gospel is that every human person is created for both human and divine [...]

Commendation and praise

During the 112th Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference held in Cebu City from January 22 to 24, 2016, the bishops voted to issue a message of commendation and praise to the Pilipino Movement for Transformational Leadership, a community of lay faithful from various Christian churches who have come together to engage in the [...]

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You did it to me!  (Matthew 25:40)

  Pastoral Exhortation on the Pastoral Care and Protection of Minors Beloved People of God: Among the crimes that cry the loudest to heaven for justice, hardly is any more heinous than the abuse of children, no matter the form such abuse may take.  The despoliation of the young already jolts us in its offensiveness. [...]

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Being Eucharistic in Life and Deeds

“Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27)   INTRODUCTION We have just celebrated the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in the historic island of Cebu, the cradle of Christianity in the Philippines.  We were blessed with the presence of the papal legate, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar and by the [...]

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IEC’s next stop: Hungary:

Budapest, capital of Hungary and the site of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress (2020) is the country’s political, administrative, industrial, and commercial center. Once known as the “Queen of the Danube”, Budapest dominates all aspects of national life. The capital has seen permanent settlers since prehistoric times and is now the home of about one-fifth [...]

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‘IEC 1937 memory’: Pinoys still faithful, music lovers

CEBU City, Jan. 26, 2016 – One of the privileged few who attended the 33rd International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Manila in 1937, then a five-year old boy, Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales said what the Jesuit historian and scholar Horacio V. dela Costa wrote during the late 1930s still holds true today: [...]

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IEC, best follow-up to PH papal visit

CEBU City, Jan. 25, 2016 – Catholic bishops in the Philippines said this year’s 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) which officially began in the afternoon of Jan. 24 at Plaza Independencia at the heart of this city is an apt and fitting follow-up of Pope Francis’ five-day pastoral visit to the country in January 2015. [...]

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‘Singing for the Eucharistic King’

CEBU City, Jan. 24, 2016 – Who else is a more prominent, eminent audience than the King Himself? The Coro de San Jacinto, which sang at the Opening Mass presided over by the Papal Legate Cardinal Charles Maung Bo on Sunday, Jan. 24, in Plaza Independencia, sang their hearts out as the Mass chorale. The [...]

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2015, a ‘difficult’ year for OFWs

MANILA, Jan. 18, 2016 – The year 2015 was indeed a difficult year for both overseas Filipino workers and their immediate relatives in the Philippines. Fr. Restituto Ogsimer, a Scalabrinian missionary and now executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ Commission on Migrants and Itinerant people said workers were caught in armed [...]

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PWD who met Pope: ‘I miss you, Lolo Kiko!’

TABACO, Albay, Jan. 17, 2016 – Remember John Angelo de Dios Ortiz? He was the picture of perfect happiness when he met “Lolo Kiko” at a gathering of families a year ago in Pasay. He still is. Thousands, perhaps millions, were moved to tears by that brief encounter as the Holy Father took time admiring [...]

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Pope’s ‘most insistent’ PH papal visit message

PASIG City, Jan. 14, 2016 – Of all the messages that the Holy Father wanted to tell Filipinos during his January 2015 papal visit, this will probably win first place in repetition: “Protect the family. Protect children”. This is what Raul Nidoy, a Doctor in Theology and the Director for Formation of the Parents for Education Foundation (PAREF), [...]

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The Eucharist and Poverty

By Veronica Chiari A. Dy-Liacco Both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis view the Eucharist as a sacrament of transformation. Pope Benedict XVI, in emphasizing the sacrificial aspect of the Eucharist, underlines how Christ transformed the violence and brutality he suffered into self-giving love. Pope Francis, reflecting on 2 Cor 9:8, sees Christ’s eternal decision [...]

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TnK’s miracle: Bringing street kids ‘back to life’

NAVOTAS City, Jan. 5, 2015 – Like many college graduates, he could have just landed a high-paying job in a multinational company. But John Paul Mercado, head of the seven-man street education team of Tulay ng Kabataan (TnK), would have none of it, preferring instead to serve children rescued from misery to a life of [...]

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WISE AS SERPENTS, INNOCENT AS DOVES

(Mt.10:16) A Guide to Catholic Voters As the rhetoric and the noise traditionally associated with Philippine politics and elections reach higher levels of intensity, we wish to offer some guidelines to our Catholic voters deriving from the moral teachings of the Church. 1.      Reject claims by candidates that they are candidates of the [...]

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Pinoy in Rome: Christmas in the Year of Mercy

By Robert Z. Cortes In the run-up towards Christmas – last night in particular – I felt impelled, for some reason, to return to Santa Maria in Monticelli. This church was one of the shrines I featured in an article I wrote some weeks back to help me and my friends prepare for the opening [...]

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The Christmas Crib, a Symbol of Convergence

Dear brothers and sisters, Greetings of peace! Christmas season always brings joy to us, rich and poor alike, and in-betweens. In some places, Christians, as well as, non-Christians gather together to celebrate Christmas. In and out of our homes, we see something colorful: the Christmas lights, Christmas trees, and other Christmas decors. Christmas Crib One [...]

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