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Christmas Message

Christmas in the Philippines this year 2014 carries an added reason for excitement. In a few weeks Pope Francis will be visiting our country. Although we believe in faith that God is always with us, we also know in our hearts that the coming of the Pope to the Philippines is a renewed affirmation of [...]

What you didn’t know about Simbang Gabi

MANILA, Dec. 22, 2014 – Simbang Gabi gets you ready for Christmas — and yes, you just might get that “wish”, too. But not only that, it’s meant to promote the Mother Church and to spread the faith. According to Pope Sixtus V’s Papal Bull allowing the Misas de Aguinaldo, the original intention for allowing [...]

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What if Jesus wasn’t born on Dec. 25?

QUEZON City, Dec. 21, 2014—Amid the uncertainty surrounding the real date of Christ’s Nativity, a Catholic lay evangelist highlights the one thing that cannot be denied: “The Savior of the world was born and it was a cause for joy” (cf. Lk. 1:10). “It is the event that we celebrate, and it is the joy [...]

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Love God? Expect challenges

MANILA, Dec. 19, 2014 – As in all things true and beautiful, loving the Lord means opening up oneself to personal challenges and attacks of the evil one, says a priest. “When we strive to be close to God, that’s when more challenges happen,” said Confraternity of Mary Mediatrix of All-Grace (CMMG) director general and [...]

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Where did Simbang Gabi come from?

MANILA, Dec. 17, 2014 – To many, the start of Simbang Gabi often signals that “Christmas is around the corner”. Come Dec. 16, churches at dawn are packed to overflowing with the faithful — young ones and seniors, professionals and labourers, wide awake and drowsy. According to historical researcher Jesson Gonzaga Allerite, the Spanish word [...]

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Challenging the system: ‘Huwag kang magnakaw’:

MANILA, Dec. 14, 2014—Has corruption become so much a part of the Filipinos’ way of life that there’s no hope of turning back? Is the impulse to lie, to steal so deeply embedded in the nation’s psyche it already lies beyond its collective power to uproot it? Against this seemingly insurmountable odd, a Catholic Vincentian [...]

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These people know what it’s like to die

MANILA, Dec. 12, 2014 — Some people are lucky – or blessed – to have personally confirmed that there is something more that follows physical death after experiencing uncanny near-death experiences (NDEs). Teresa L. Exmundo, 58 and educator, personally attests that the consciousness, or soul, does not perish when the body succumbs to age, sickness, [...]

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‘Yolanda’ survivors turned ‘Ruby’ responders

MANILA, Dec. 10, 2014 – Nothing crushes the Filipino spirit. This is what the Archdiocese of Palo Rehabilitation Unit (RRU), which was among those devastated by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last year, showed when it actively responded to the call for assistance of those directly in the path of typhoon Ruby just a few days ago. [...]

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Victim to champion: The secret story of child rights advocates

MANILA, Dec. 9, 2014 — Today, they speak boldly about the often unseen plight of abused children. They are at the front line of campaigns, counselling, mobilization and training to address human trafficking, domestic violence and to facilitate victims’ rehabilitation. What few know is that they too experienced this same pain and desperation, but refusing [...]

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CBCP President on the coming Typhoon Hagupit

My brothers and sisters in Christ: Meteorologists inform us that HAGUPIT is now a super-typhoon and most predict that it will make land-fall over the very same areas hard-hit by Yolanda. The CNN resident meteorologist has just characterized it as the strongest of super-typhoon this year. Let us all first pray, and the Filipinos far [...]

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This family’s best kept secret: prayer

MANILA, Dec. 2, 2014 — From a tricycle driver to CEO/President: “We always pray in everything we do, that’s our secret.” Many believe poverty is not a hindrance to success, but it has certainly shaken many marriages. A young couple from Talavera, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, secretly married at first, and eventually receiving the Church’s blessing [...]

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Welcome Message of the Bicol Bishops to the First Bicol Congress of the Laity

Homily delivered by Most Rev. Joel Z, Baylon, DD Opening Eucharistic Celebration, 28 November 2014   Our Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Lord, From December 3, 2013 to November 23, 2014, we have journeyed together through the Year of the Laity. As it ends and the Year of the Poor 2015 begins, we welcome [...]

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The gaze of the crucified Lord

Love and Compassion, Forgiveness and Challenge A CBCP Message on the Opening of the Year of the Poor 2015 “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter…” (Lk 22:61) WHEN you gaze into the eyes of the Crucified Lord, and he gazes into yours, you encounter the love of the Resurrected Lord.[i] Many prefer not [...]

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Statement of Support for the Coconut Farmers

TODAY, I welcomed to the CBCP Compound in Intramuros our coconut farmers who came to Manila to seek the attention of the national government in alleviating their plight. I join my voices with theirs. The Lord hears the cry of the poor! Yolanda hit everyone hard, but coconut farmers in the Visayas, with particular devastation. [...]

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The first papal visit according to Tagle

MANILA, Nov. 22, 2014—A high-ranking Church official expressed regret that the only thing most Filipinos know of the first ever papal visit to the Philippines—that of Pope Paul VI—is the failed attempt on his life. It did not help that the relic offered during his beatification was an undershirt he was wearing in Manila in [...]

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The CBCP President on United Nations World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

ROADS and highways have figured prominently in the growth of civilizations. Distant hamlets and settlements, far-off native kingdoms and tribes, came under one rule, particularly in Roman times. The Romans had two powerful weapons by which to forge first a Republic, then, an empire: an immensely recondite legal system that continues to live on in [...]

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