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

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 [...]

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MANILA, April 12, 2015 –- Is wearing veils to Mass simply an outdated practice for an über conservative, pre-Vatican II Catholic Church?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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Bataan Valor, Peacemaking and the Draft BBL

By Socrates B. Villegas Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan I write these thoughts as a Filipino and as a believer in Christ. I speak neither for the Catholic hierarchy nor for my people in Lingayen Dagupan. I speak from my heart, molded by the five years of my ministry in Bataan, land of valor, land of [...]

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Palo’s ‘Martha-inspired’ feeding program

TACLOBAN City, April 8, 2015 — Martha, the patron saint of servants and cooks, was of less significance in Biblical accounts of Jesus’ public ministry but was perceived to prefer serving others first before looking out for herself. It is from her that the Archdiocese of Palo gets the inspiration for its breakfast feeding program [...]

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Easter Message of Archbishop Soc Villegas

EASTER is the greatest and most important feast of our faith. If Christ did not rise from the dead, our faith is irrelevant and meaningless, dry and dead. Easter beckons us to go beyond the customary greetings and feasting. We must continue the mission of the risen Christ by being ready to bring His message [...]

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Message of Cardinal Tagle for Easter 2015

THE annual commemoration of Jesus’ resurrection and glorification gives us a glimpse of the eternal life that He, who became human like us, now possesses – a life that will not be touched by sin, destruction and death again. His risen life is our hope, the pledge of our future glory. But Jesus’ resurrection does [...]

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Queen of Heaven Rejoice Alleluia!

Mary in the Year of the Poor Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia! For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia! We celebrate the Resurrection with a host of joys: the brilliant light of the Paschal candle piercing through the veil of darkness; the heart-thumping Alleluia that breaks the grief of Good Friday and [...]

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Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8) Divorce One senator of the Republic was recently quoted as saying that the fact that the Philippines is the only country without a divorce law is not something we should necessarily be [...]

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After Mamasapano, what?

An Open Letter to our Honorable Legislators 23 March 2015 Our Beloved Legislators: Greetings of peace in the Lord! In the depths of our grief for all the fallen combatants and civilians at Mamasapano, the deep historic biases and prejudices that lie in the dark corners of our souls have erupted once again. Truly we [...]

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God’s mercy, a ‘real’ experience

PASAY City, March 22, 2015—God’s mercy is more than just a theological concept, it is a concrete experience. Taking his cue from Pope Francis, who had earlier declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy starting December 2015, Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle noted the mystery surrounding God’s mercy is not an abstract idea, but [...]

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More married saints, please

MANILA, March 15, 2015—A Filipino couple has welcomed with joy the forthcoming canonization of a married couple, the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, saying the French husband-and-wife tandem inspire parents and couples to seriously live out the hard but noble task of evangelizing the Church closest to them: their own families. Family holiness real [...]

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A start: ‘Pedicab jobs’ change lives

MANILA, March 13, 2015 – For the last decade, a foundation run by religious and lay people has helped unemployed urban poor populating a tiny informal settlement in Parañaque make a living as pedicab drivers. The daily earning of the pedicab drivers has somehow met their basic needs, like food, cloth, water, school expenses for [...]

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