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The CBCP President on the doubts about the Automated Elections

The CBCP President on the doubts about the Automated Elections

SPEAKING on their own authority as shepherds of the people entrusted to their pastoral care, some of my brother bishops have expressed their serious concern over deals that COMELEC appears to be poised to enter into in respect to the automation and digitization of the forthcoming elections. Bishops individually and collectively have been apprised of [...]

The CBCP mourns with the families of the gallant policemen

WITH profound sorrow but with faith in the Resurrection, the CBCP mourns with the families of the gallant policemen, victims of an utterly senseless act of violence in Mindanao, already weary from battle and conflict. Let the grieving families find comfort in the Lord’s promise that none who have been given him will be lost. [...]

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Back to school: Teacher turns catechist

BARCELONA, Sorsogon, Jan. 25, 2015 – A teacher,who retired in 2013 at the age of 61, returned to the same school where she taught for over three decades, this time as a catechist. In the same year she retired after 39 years in classroom, Josefina F. Embile went back to Barcelona National Comprehensive High School [...]

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Was the Church Silent Under the Arroyo Administration?

A Response to the Welcome Address of President Noynoy Aquino By Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR IN his welcome address to Pope Francis in Malacañang a week ago (Jan. 16, 2015), President Benigno Aquino III paid tribute to courage of the clergy during Martial Law and for vividly living up to the vision of “the [...]

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It is responsible parenthood!  Not about rabbits!

THE Pope NEVER made the rather unseemly remark that Catholics breed like rabbits. Everyone is encouraged to read both on print and on social media the transcript of the Papal interview aboard Philippine Airlines that flew the Holy Father back to Rome. What the Pope DID SAY was that some Catholics mistakenly believe that to [...]

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The ‘blessing’ of not seeing Pope Francis

TAGUIG CITY, Jan. 18, 2015—“So near yet so far” – this phrase could aptly describe the thoughts of policemen who formed human barriers along the papal convoy’s route, missing the chance to see Pope Francis up close. Despite getting up early like the rest, who had to wait for hours just to catch a quick [...]

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A blessing from Pope Francis, a blessing for his Sto. Niño

DANIEL Z. ROMUALDEZ Airport, Jan. 17,2015 — For Amador Alpuerto, a 46 year-old security guard for the Department of Tourism, a blessing from Pope Francis would also mean a blessing for a small image of the Sto. Niño in his care, which he and his family have kept at home for ten years. He was [...]

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‘We are Nazarenes’

MANILA, Jan. 11, 2014—Millions of Filipino Catholics, most of them from humble backgrounds, take part in the yearly procession of the Black Nazarene. Why is this the case? Because Filipinos are Nazarenes. For Marwil N. Llasos, a lawyer and lay preacher from the Company of St. Dominic (CSD), devotees are attracted to Nuestro Padre Jesús [...]

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From Mary-hater to Marian devotee: A Protestant pastor turns Catholic

MANILA, Jan. 5, 2015—A news post by ABS-CBN dated Nov. 14 claims a growing number of Filipino Catholics toy with the idea of leaving the Church, that is, if they have not already done so. Citing a survey made by Social Weather Station (SWS) in April 2013, which shows that as many as 9.2 percent [...]

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Obligatory Novena Holy Hour for the Papal Visit

Circular 2015-2 RE: Obligatory Novena Holy Hour for the Papal Visit My dear people of God: As the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis approaches, we are being asked to mobilize our Catholic faithful in our parishes to pray for the safety and security of the Holy Father while His Holiness is in the Philippines. Unable [...]

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Ninongs who hide from godchildren, beware! Christmas season isn’t over yet

BACOLOD, Jan. 4, 2014 — Even if the “reverse exodus” -back to work and back to school- has already begun after the long holidays, a university chaplain and Theology professor reminded the faithful that the Christmas season is not yet over but will continue until the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. “Contrary to [...]

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Mary,‘Mother of God’ or ‘Mother of Christ’?

PARAÑAQUE City, Jan. 3, 2014—While the titles “Mother of God” and “Mother of Christ” Catholics commonly use to refer to the Blessed Virgin are taken for granted by many, in the olden days it was not always the case: on this vital issue rested the very survival of Christianity itself. In his homily Thursday marking [...]

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The Priests in the Year of the Poor

January 1, 2015 Solemnity of Mary Mother of God Circular 2015-1: The PRIESTS IN THE YEAR OF THE POOR My brother priests: 2015 is Year of the Poor. It is also Year of Consecrated Life for the universal Church as willed by Pope Francis. As our year opens, I wish to offer you some thoughts on [...]

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Welcoming 2015? Trust God not fengshui says priest

MANILA, Dec. 31, 2014 — Why practice fengshui, gather “round fruits” or wear polka dots when you can directly ask God to for blessings and graces for the New Year? These were some questions brought up by a priest recently to remind the faithful to depend on God alone for everything. “Welcome the New Year [...]

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BEWARE! The CBCP has been apprised of shirts now vended apparently in preparation for the Pope’s visit. While the words in the shirt attempt to convey the openness of the Holy Father, the phrases “NO RACE NO RELIGION” are definitely misleading and quite frankly erroneous. Pope Francis is aware of the fact that he heads [...]

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Mary, Companion and Model in our Journey of Faith January 1, 2015 Today’s celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God bears witness to her presence in the hearts, the piety and above all the pilgrimage of faith of the Christian people. “The Church journeys through time… and on this journey she proceeds [...]

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