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Halloween, a Christian celebration

Halloween, a Christian celebration

PASIG City, Oct. 31, 2014—The days of American-style, Hollywood-inspired Halloween are over. A few days before “All Saints’ Day,” a church group in Pasig celebrated Halloween the right way—with the saints marching in, not ghouls—sending a clear message to people in the community that the occasion is primarily a religious one. ‘Not for monsters’ Led [...]

No money for a Bible? No problem

MANILA, Oct. 30, 2014 — Campus minister Grace Ceniza looks after the spiritual welfare of some 10,000 students a state university in Cebu where she also works as guidance counselor. Her passion to reach out to her students is rooted in God’s Word, she says. “It is my desire to bring God’s Word to my [...]

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Veils in church, ready for a comeback?

ANTIPOLO City, Oct. 28, 2014—At the risk of being labeled “manang” and “medieval”, a group of young online missionaries believes the wearing of veils in churches could bring back a sense of “mystery and the sacred” among young people. “To wear the veil is recognizing the glory and beauty of being a woman, and to [...]

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The Pastoral Challenges of the Family by the Synod of Bishops

PASTORAL STATEMENT ON THE PASTORAL CHALLENGES OF THE FAMILY BY THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DIOCESE OF DAET Pope Francis convened the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization in Rome from October 5-19, 2014. It sought to discuss the different aspects [...]

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27th PRISON AWARENESS SUNDAY October 26, 2014 Love of God and love of neighbor is the most important commandment Christ gave us. A commandment he simply did not preach, but a way of life he lived. Because of the love Christ has shown, sinners repented, the lonely jumped with joy, the weak became strong and [...]

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Creative competitions to raise awareness on human trafficking

MANILA, Oct. 22, 2014— To give a greater voice to the youth, and to raise awareness about human trafficking, an advocacy group has organized essay writing, poster-making and choral competitions on the topic “My Battle Against Human Trafficking”. Through the contests dubbed “Sounds, Strokes and Scribbles of the Soul to Fight Human Trafficking”, the aim [...]

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The spirit blows where he will!

Random Thoughts at the Close of the Synod I have just finished attending the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, convened by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. It was my privilege not only to listen to the debates and interventions. I also had the privilege of addressing the assembly on the role of the [...]

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Speech delivered during the Synod on the Family Because the family is also an economic unit, poverty impacts on it — more often than not (though not necessarily), negatively. While inspiring stories are told of families that have emerged stronger after having been tested in the crucible of poverty, more often, poverty inflicts terrible wounds [...]

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Addicted to gambling, she suddenly stopped

MANILA, Oct. 15, 2014 — Analiza Arañas was a gambler. She said that at a very young age of three, she was introduced to various numbers games by her own mother. Her young mind was fascinated with the concept of the possibility of striking it rich just by getting the right number combination. Before long [...]

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Bohol, a year after

Manila, Oct. 14, 2014 — A day to the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake which shook Central Philippines, Boholanons are successfully rebuilding their lives. Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso, in an interview with CBCP News, said the faithful “have high spirits, remained optimistic and learned to muster their own strength.” He said the tragic series of [...]

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A ‘teen hero’ and her story

PARAÑAQUE City, Oct. 8, 2014—Girl. Teenager. Hero—she is all these rolled into one. Barely fifteen, Rodelyn Molina had already done what most grownups won’t even dare doing, even if they could – put her life at risk to save someone else. It’s not in spite of, but because of her scars that so fittingly sums [...]

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Called to better nurture and tend the Lord’s vineyard

HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS at the extraordinary synod on the family Vatican Basilica, Sunday, 5 October 2014 TODAY the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel employ the image of the Lord’s vineyard. The Lord’s vineyard is his “dream”, the plan which he nurtures with all his love, like a farmer who cares for his vineyard. Vines [...]

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Healthy Body, Sound Mind, Clean Temple

MANILA, Oct. 4, 2014 — Parishioner Josephine Luardo points to the power of God’s Word as the cause of the positive changes in her and her family’s life. “Before I started to read the Bible regularly, life was so-so, but definitely very uncertain,” Luardo shared, “Back then, I was always afraid of what the future [...]

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ALL CREATION… BLESS THE LORD!  (Daniel 3:57)

A CBCP Pastoral Exhortation on Climate Change A Challenge from the Past. In 1988 our predecessors in the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued the landmark letter “What is Happening to Our Beautiful Land?” The statement lamented the destruction of our forests, the ravaging of our soil and the pollution of our seas. [...]

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In his manifold wisdom and goodness, God created the beautiful world. He created man and made the steward of His creation. Creation provides for man’s subsistence while man treats it with awe, respect and gratitude. In the fullness of time (Heb 1:2) God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as “first-born of creation, for [...]

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Peace be with you! Assalamu Alaikum!

CBCP Statement on the Bangsa Moro Proposed Law WHEN Jesus, the Lord, breathed his Spirit and his peace on the apostles, he did so as the fulfilment and summation of all that he had been sent to be and to do for the world! Peace is therefore God’s gift. We must cooperate with God, for [...]

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