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‘To be Christian is to be Marian’—preacher

‘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 [...]

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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Your Eminences, Your Excellencies: The Gospel of peace, love and brotherhood is under siege in many parts of the world especially in Iraq and Syria. Helpless and defenseless persons are victims of a brutal imposition of a rigid and unforgiving version of faith. Religion is as much a victim, for those who kill and slaughter, [...]

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Papal Visit 101: Tagle’s tips to faithful

QUEZON City, September 5, 2014—Four months before the Pope’s upcoming visit, a prelate offers a few tips on how the faithful can prepare for the event in the light of its theme “Mercy and Compassion” which reflects the pontiff’s spirit and message. In a recent episode of his television program “The Word Exposed”, Manila Archbishop [...]

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CBCP President on the 2013 Version of the Vision Statement of the Department of Education

THE Department of Education recently re-worded its Vision Statement. In the past, the department tasked with the formation of our children once envisioned “functionally literate and God-fearing Filipinos”. Unfortunately, in its 2013 version, there is no more mention of God, nor of the salutary fear of Him that, Scripture tells us, is the beginning of [...]

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CBCP President on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

THE ‘ice-bucket challenge’ seems to be the most recent rave with national personalities joining in. Throughout the world, and now, even in the Philippines, people recognize the nobility of the cause: research on the dreaded Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more popularly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Act of Compassion not a Fad Mitch Albom poignantly [...]

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CBCP President on the Iraq Syria Situation

Prayer and Plea for Peace and Charity Before a horrified world, militants, without compunction and in utter mercilessness, beheaded journalist James Foley. He may not have died for the faith, but he certainly died, a person of faith, we are told by those who were with him in his last days. Pope Francis sent his [...]

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16 years of caring for street kids: ‘Love is the measure’

MANDALUYONG City, August 25, 2014 – It is relatively easy to spot Fr. Matthieu Dauchez. He is usually the one with a bevy of kids attached to his waist – one or two whispering to him as if wrapped up in the sacrament of Confession, a little girl pulling on his thumb, an undaunted kid [...]

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Report to the Faithful

CBCP-NASSA / CARITAS PHILIPPINES Php 565,098,211.00 funding. 141,112 beneficiaries. 118 communities. 35 municipalities. Nine dioceses. This is the magnitude of Project REACHPhilippines – the recovery appeal program being implemented by CBCP-NASSA/Caritas Philippines for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda since March 2014. “This is the most massive post-disaster recovery project Caritas Philippines has ever implemented so [...]

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Despite Ebola, PH missionary stays ‘because of Jesus’

SIERRA LEONE, August 22, 2014—Despite the ongoing threat of the killer Ebola virus, a Filipino Catholic missionary priest in Sierra Leone in Africa has decided to stay in order to “share Christ” with people who do not yet know Him. Fr. Anthony Patrick S. Santianez, a Xaverian missionary from Calbayog, Samar shared that while he [...]

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A Pastoral Letter on the People’s Initiative to abolish the Pork Barrel System

To the Clergy, Religious, Seminarians and Laity of the Archdiocese of Cebu Dear Brothers and Sisters: “Our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active” (1 John 3:18). The PORK BARREL is a LUMP SUM AMOUNT given to any branch or office of government, the SPECIFIC USE of [...]

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Four Filipino missionaries brave outbreak of  Ebola virus in West Africa

By Bro. Tagoy Jakosalem, OAR THEY have chosen the path to serve the people of Sierra Leone in the face of the harrowing outbreak of Ebola virus. The four (4) Filipino missionaries are: Br. Jonathan Jamero, OAR; Fr. Roy Baluarte, OAR; Fr. Russell Lapidez, OAR and Fr. Dennis Castillo, OAR; they are accompanied by two [...]

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Day of prayer for peace in Iraq

THIS Monday August 18, 2014 at the conclusion of his apostolic visit to Korea, Pope Francis will preside at Mass at the Myeong Dong Cathedral for Peace and Reconciliation. In recent days, we have been made aware of the perilous and life threatening situation that our Christian brethren in northern Iraq are going through. At [...]

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Statement of the Director of the Press Office on behalf of the Holy Father

THE Holy Father is following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from Northern Iraq, which involve defenseless populations. Christian communities are particularly affected; a people fleeing from their villages because of the violence that rages in these days, wreaking havoc on the entire region. At the Angelus prayer on July 20th, Pope Francis [...]

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From the CBCP President on the Judiciary Development Fund

IN “The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church” (Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace), we are taught: “In a State ruled by law the power to inflict punishment is correctly entrusted to the courts. In defining the proper relationships between the legislative, executive and judicial powers, the Constitutions of modern States guarantee the [...]

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