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27th Prison Awareness Sunday

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 [...]

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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Peñafrancia’s Pagoda: ‘Cradle of Faith’

NAGA City, September 25, 2014 – Like a “duyan” (cradle), while a mother sings to her child. This is how San Fernando Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, who joined the Fluvial procession of Ina, Our Lady of Peñafrancia, last Saturday, September 21, described joining the Peñafrancia pagoda for the first time. But more than just [...]

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‘To be Christian is to be Marian’—preacher

MANILA, September 18, 2014—Those who find following Christ quite a challenge have a lot to learn from Mary, a Catholic lay evangelist believes. “To be Christian is to be Marian, because Christ is the first Marian and Christ is 100% Marian,” said lawyer Marwil N. Llasos, who is also a consecrated lay Dominican and associate [...]

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FOR the first time in forty years, a Filipino basketball team, GILAS, a name that has captured the imagination as well as carried the hopes of our countrymen, represented the country in the FIBA competitions. We may not have reaped a harvest of victories, but GILAS certainly won the admiration of many, Filipinos and foreigners [...]

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HOLY AND HEROIC TEACHERS In the Year of the Laity

Tribute to Teachers during World Teachers’ Day October 5, 2014 Dear People of God: If you wish, you can be taught; if you are willing to listen, you will learn; if you give heed, you will be wise. Frequent the company of the elders; whoever is wise, stay close to him. Be eager to hear [...]

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