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Refugees — the “Anawim” of the Lord today

Refugees — the “Anawim” of the Lord today

DECADES ago, the Philippines was host to the “boat people”, hundreds if not thousands of Vietnamese fleeing their homeland, following the fall of what was then called Saigon. Our country then served as some kind of a way-station, because our Vietnamese guests soon found their way to other parts of the globe. One of them, [...]

Statement of Churchpeople Workers’ Solidarity (CWS) on the death of 72 workers in the Kentex fire

   “In many cases, poverty results from a violation of the dignity of human work, either because work opportunities are limited (through unemployment or underemployment), or because a low value is put on work and the rights that flow from it, especially the right to a just wage and to the personal security of the [...]

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Communicating the Family:  A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 49th World Communications Day THE family is a subject of profound reflection by the Church and of a process involving two Synods: the recent extraordinary assembly and the ordinary assembly scheduled for next October. So I thought it appropriate that the theme for the next World Communications [...]

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The Bangsamoro Basic Law:  Roadmap to just and lasting peace

 By  Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I. 13 May 2015 The Long Tortuous Road to Reace and Bangsamoro Self-Determination The journey to peace in Southern Philippines has been arduous and tedious, at times hostile and adversarial, replete with stops and punctuated by intermittent warfare and all out war. But at other times, the journey was collaborative, infused [...]

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Women can’t be priests, so what?

MANILA, May 13, 2015—The Church undervalues women? These female Catholics believe few things distort the truth more than the claim that the Church allegedly looks down on women, stressing true gender equality has nothing to do with them being able to become priests, but with the universal call to holiness. “Women do not have to [...]

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DIVORCE … Why Not?

1. Divorce in the Philippines is not legal but it looks like there are more couples getting an annulment. Isn’t this enough reason to legalize divorce? The increasing numbers may be due to a greater awareness of this procedure than before. We get to know more about annulments or separations today especially if they involve [...]

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Do not be afraid of Pananabangan!

Pastoral Letter on Stewardship WE have taken great strides together as a presbyterium in particular and as an archdiocese in general in pursuing Church renewal through the path of the stewardship spirituality which we have inculturated in Pangasinan as Pananabangan. I want to commend many parishes that have adopted the Pananabangan formation seminars as their [...]

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Preparedness, key to survival

MANILA May 5, 2015 – “One does not need a 7.8 magnitude quake from the West Valley fault to bring damage to Metro Manila as earthquakes may come from other faults nearby.” Thus said Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Director Renato U. Solidum at this Monday’s Tapatan sa Aristocrat. Solidum said the recent earthquake [...]

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Selfies that lead to Jesus?

ILOILO City, May 4, 2015 –- It was a lesson in selfie-taking like no other. Rev. Paul Patrick Alipao asked some 2,736 delegates at the 8th International Kids’ Village (IKV)’s closing Mass on May 3 to let selfies and groupies remind them of something deeper. “Selfies and groupies will only be meaningful if it will [...]

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The many names of God and the blessing of peace

A talk delivered by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas at the UST Interfaith Dialogue held on April 30. TO kill in God’s name – this is one of the most painful contradictions of our time!  And it has turned many away from religion.  In fact, whenever news networks flash reports on the deaths even of helpless [...]

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Piety, the poor and professionalism  in the preparation for the IEC

(A homily delivered by Archbishop Socrates Villegas at the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, held in Cebu City, April 24-28, 2015) THE question needs to be asked in the presence of the Lord.  What is expected of us who have been asked by the Church to prepare for the 51st [...]

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Paulines show ‘richness is generosity’

TACLOBAN City, April 24, 2015 — “Being rich is not about how much you have but how much you give.” This is the attitude of charity that animated several Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) sisters to take on the challenge of caring not just for the soul, but for the body as well, by setting [...]

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In support of Father Cancino

MS. Rina David recently published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer a very scathing rebuttal of what she characterized as the illogical and judgmental posture of Fr. Dan Vicente Cancino, MI, who posted an item on HIV and dysfunctional families on the CBCP’s website. In behalf of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines–and in fairness [...]

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‘Take time to rest,’ CBCP president urges Filipinos

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan, April 18, 2015–Just as families, friends and corporate groups go on vacation trips and outing this summer season, Archbishop Socrates Villegas reminded the lay faithful to take time to rest. Speaking before the religious and lay staff of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) during their recent two-day outing, Villegas [...]

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Paulines’ 100 years: Celebrate, evangelize

MANILA, April 16, 2015 – Marking the congregation’s 100th year since its founding in 1915, the Daughters of Saint Paul in the Philippines kick off their year-long centennial celebration, which is set to commence in June, with various evangelization efforts. Themed “100 Years of Pauline Consecrated Life: A Journey of Faith and Love,” the projects include [...]

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Hidden in Christ: More young women preferring veils?

MANILA, April 12, 2015 –- Is wearing veils to Mass simply an outdated practice for an über conservative, pre-Vatican II Catholic Church? Hardly. For many young Catholic women, wearing veils is freshly radical or radically fresh, depending on whom you ask. In an interview with CBCP News, 26-year old Vietnamese Victoria Ly, a health inspector, [...]

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