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“We are Easter people”

“We are Easter people”

“There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 6) WITH Pope Francis, I write to convince you that we are not Good Friday people; we are Easter people. It means that we are people who must die with Jesus so that we can rise with him[1]. More importantly, it means [...]

MANILA,  April 20, 2014—What could be a good head start for the Catholic faithful this Easter? The archbishop of Manila has the answer—to simply live by one’s baptismal promise and be a bearer of the Good News. Dead to sin, alive to God “In baptism, we have died with Christ. Simply put—with Christ, we have [...]

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Where O death is your victory?  Where O death is your sting? (I Cor 15:55)

Easter Pastoral Instruction on Stewardship of Health TODAY the Church returns to the tomb and sees it empty. The tomb without the body inside leads us to an act of faith “He is risen!” The resurrected Jesus had a body but quite different from the way the disciples experienced Jesus before the Passover. The body [...]

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Do you love your parish priests? Parañaque does

PARAÑAQUE City, April 18, 2014—In a show of appreciation that rock stars would have envied, Catholics from all the 53 parishes in the Diocese of Parañaque expressed their love and thanks to their respective pastors during a “renewal of priestly vows” held Thursday at the St. Andrew’s Cathedral Parish in La Huerta. “We love you, [...]

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Joy in loneliness

Meditation for Priests on Holy Thursday, April 17, 2014,   Saint John the Evangelist Cathedral, Dagupan City By Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan. Today is our feast day. It is a happy day for us. Our parishioners are here. Our friends are here to show their appreciation and their love. They echo one common [...]

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Bishop explains importance of Holy Week

LEGAZPI City, April 16, 2014 – People should take the time to reflect on the full meaning of Holy Week, as every day of the week has a special significance, revolving around the immense importance of Christ’s Passion, a bishop said in a recent reflection. “The faithful should not only remember, but also regard highly [...]

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Confused about the RH ruling? A lawyer explains

MANILA, April 10, 2014 – To minds unfamiliar with legalese and the esoteric terms of the courts, the recent Supreme Court ruling seemed to muddle the understanding of the general public about the status of R.A. 10354. A renowned election lawyer clarified recently that there is more to the ruling than meets the eye – [...]

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Davao Food Revolution: Organic food for the poor

DAVAO CITY, April 4, 2014 —Countering the notion that organic foods should only be for the rich, a movement in Davao aims to make healthy, organic food accessible to the poor, especially to children. The Davao Food Revolution is a program that revolutionizes sourcing and preparation of food by teaching women how to grow organic [...]

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MANILA, April 1, 2014 – A news article posted on CBCPNews about certain assertions by a obstetrician and gynecologist on the alleged dangers of vaccines has gone viral and has evoked mixed reactions. The story began spreading on social networks and although it is purely a news story, some people misinterpreted that the bishops’ hierarchy [...]

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Rebuilding lives in typhoon-hit Central Philippines

BORONGAN, March 29, 2014–The knock hammer and the swish of brooms clearing up debris: life goes on in a coastal village of Hernani, Eastern Samar over four months after Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated parts of Central Visayas. On the side of heavily damaged houses, the buzz of chainsaw roared across the village of Garawon as [...]

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GUBAT, Sorsogon, March 24, 2014 – It seems almost like conventional wisdom to many, but according to a well-known obstetrician and gynecologist, vaccines may not exactly be the best safeguard against diseases. In a talk given last March 22 at the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Chapel in barangay Tiris, Dr. Eleanor de Borja-Palabyab, MD, Doctors [...]

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Teacher awarded for his advocacy for special children

MANILA, March 10, 2014—Michael Gerry Duwin A. Dela Zerna, Ph.D, a teacher and President of Guide and Unified Interaction for the Development of Children Inc. (GUIDE, Inc.) received UGAT Foundation, Inc.’s Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards 2014 at Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) on February 18 for helping the management and treatment of [...]

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A Declaration on Ecological Stewardship

The Position of the Diocese of Malaybalay on Deforestation and Mining Issues   Those who study ecology … are in a good position to tell us what is happening since they study the web of dynamic relationships which supports and sustains all life within the earthly household. (CBCP) We, the delegates of the 44th Diocesan [...]

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Directions and Challenges for the Faithful of the Archdiocese of Caceres

 (Archdiocesan Congress of the Laity 2014) Yes, I know what plans I have in mind for you, Yahweh declares, plans for peace, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jer 29:11)   My dear faithful of the Archdiocese of Caceres,  In response to the CBCP’s declaration of 2014 as the Year of [...]

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The Role of the Catholic University in the Philippines Today

Speech delivered by Archbishop Socrates Villegas to the Presidents of CEAP Higher Educational Institutions on February 13, 2014 at the De La Salle University, Manila. IT is a pleasure for me to address you today on the invitation of Br. Jun Erguiza, FSC, President of the CEAP, and of Br. Ricky Laguda, FSC, Chair of the CEAP’s [...]

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It all started in a salon, charismatic healing group now 30 years old

CAINTA, Rizal, Feb. 12, 2014—Very unlikely that a charismatic healing community would have its beginnings in a beauty salon, which would also cradle it during its fledgling stage. But 30 years ago, a few parlor friends who received the inspiration, put themselves in one bind to seek more of God and draw more limbs into [...]

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