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Bishop condemns Samar killings

Bishop condemns Samar killings

MANILA, May 25, 2015— A Catholic bishop has condemned spate of killings in Calbayog City, calling on the authorities to resolve the problem. Calbayog Bishop Isabelo Abarquez said police authorities must work to rid the city and Samar province of “any form of repression”, especially through extrajudicial killings. “We therefore call on the proper authorities [...]

RCAM to dedicate Corpus Christi to poor

MANILA, May 14, 2015—In line with the ongoing liturgical year, the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) is set to mark the forthcoming Solemnity of the “Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ” (Corpus Christi), highlighting the plight of those who have less in life. In a recent circular, Fr. Genaro O. Diwa, director of RCAM’s Archdiocesan [...]

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John Paul II Institute marks major ‘family ministry milestones’

BACOLOD, May 10, 2015 – The Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Bacolod marks major milestones this year with its first batch of Summer Masteral program graduates and the launching of the first Diocesan Institutes on Marriage and Family (DIMF). The first batch of graduates is composed of [...]

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‘Peace builders’ summit held

BANAYBANAY, Davao Oriental, May 9, 2015—Recognizing the role of young people in the development of the country, a leadership summit was held from April 27 to 29 at the Banaybanay National High School Covered Court to empower young people and make them partners in peace-building. Youth for Peace Movement (YFPM) Davao Oriental (DavOr) Chapter President [...]

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Antipolo youth learn ‘feeling, thinking, doing well’

ANTIPOLO, April 29, 2015 — Inspired by Pope Francis’ message to young Filipinos during his Encounter with the Youth at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) last January “to be wise, use three languages: think well, feel well and do well”, the Diocese of Antipolo youth ministers held their 4th KaDA Youth Leaders Exchange (KYLE) [...]

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Sto. Niño de Tacloban tours ‘Yolanda’-hit barangays

TACLOBAN City, April 25, 2015 -– The Niño continues to draw the faithful in Tacloban. Parishioners and devotees of the Señor Sto. Niño de Tacloban need not visit the city’s patron because it is currently on pilgrimage to typhoon-hit barangays, offices and schools under the parish’ jurisdiction as a pre-fiesta event, a tradition that has [...]

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Iloilo faithful required to plant trees before marriage, etc.

ILOILO City, April 24, 2015—A “prenup” is one thing, but here is an agreement of the “green” kind. In a bid to reforest lands denuded by typhoon “Yolanda” (“Haiyan”) in 2013, the Archdiocese of Jaro recently signed an agreement with the provincial government of Iloilo, requiring couples getting married, families of the departed, as well [...]

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Parents must be proactive in fight vs drugs — bishop

MANILA, April 22, 2015— Parents play a key role in keeping their children off the use of illegal drugs, a Catholic bishop said. Butuan Bishop Juan De Dios Pueblos said the fight against drugs must start in the family and parents must be aware of where their children are at all times, as well as [...]

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Keeping cool and green: Davao churches’ giant fans

DAVAO City, April 21, 2015—To keep churches cool and environment-friendly despite the tropical heat of the Philippines, churches in Davao City have installed giant ceiling fans known as “Big Ass” fans. Three parishes in the Archdiocese of Davao have installed their ceiling fans instead of putting up centralized air-conditioning systems, which contribute to rising global [...]

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Cotabato honors outgoing religious pastoral workers

COTABATO, April 21, 2015 – Thank you. This is the simple sentiment the Archdiocese of Cotabato wants to express to three religious women who helped in the archdiocese’ pastoral ministries and who will be moving to new missions, ending years of service in Cotabato. As they embark on their new journeys, Sr. Marivic Ratilla, OND, [...]

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Mati Catholic hospital to celebrate 17th year

MATI, Davao, April 15, 2015—The only private hospital run by a Catholic congregation in this city is celebrating on April 20 17 years of providing hospital care for the people of Davao Oriental. Headed by Fr. Angel Crisostomo, St. Camillus Hospital of Mati Foundation, Inc. is run by the Ministers of the Infirm (MI), better [...]

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2 Cotabato priests mark 25 years

TACURONG, April 10, 2015 –-Two priests in the Archiocese of Cotabato marked a milestone in their lives with the celebration of their silver jubilee as priests on April 8 at the Notre Dame of Tacurong College, Tacurong City. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, OMI presided over a Holy Mass for the intentions of Rev. [...]

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‘Year of the Poor’-inspired West Visayas Youth Day set

BACOLOD City, April 7, 2015 — It’s all “green and go” in Bacolod as the city opens her arms to welcome Regional Youth Day 2015 “9th RYD goes 4G: GO GIVE GOD with GLADNESS” delegates from April 13 to 15. More than 2,000 young people from the dioceses of Romblon, Kalibo, San Jose de Antique, [...]

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Palo prelate: Reflect on Christ’s resurrection throughout ‘Year of the Poor’

PALO, Leyte, April 7, 2015 – Is the resurrection only for Easter? Palo Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du believes it is something to reflect on during the Year of the Poor, which will end in November this year. “Let us continue to reflect within the entire Year of the Poor [and] share a story with the [...]

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Caceres’ radio program debuts

NAGA City, March 29, 2015 — The Archdiocese of Caceres brings the Good News to the air waves with its radio program, Ca-Sarig, over The Mother’s Touch/Radio Veritas Naga, 98.3 FM from Mondays to Saturdays, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., starting on March 23. Ca-Sarig, which means “to lean on” is a 90-minute and magazine type [...]

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TACLOBAN City, March 29, 2015 — When would a more fitting time be to launch the Archdiocese of Palo’s feeding program than on Maundy Thursday? The La Mesa ni Marta (Table of Martha), a feeding program for the poor initiated by Palo Archbishop John Du will be launched on April 2 during the Eucharistic celebration [...]

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