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Cebu welcomes 14 new deacons

Cebu welcomes 14 new deacons

CEBU City, Dec. 18, 2014 — Archbishop Jose S. Palma, the hea of the Archdiocese of Cebu, the country’s largest archdiocese, ordained 14 seminarians to the order of Sacred Deacons on Dec. 10 at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral with thousands of the faithful in attendance. Palma reminded the faithful of God that the gathering is [...]

‘Belen exhibit’ open to public

MANILA, Dec. 18, 2014—Want to see different kinds of “belen” this Christmas season? Dozens of them are currently on display at the 3rd floor of the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila in 121 Arzobispo St., Intramuros, Manila. Dubbed “Halina sa Sabsaban,” the exhibit forms part of the private collection of Fr. Genaro O. Diwa of [...]

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Caceres releases liturgical guidelines for Aguinaldo Masses

CACERES, Dec. 17, 2016 – To properly guide the faithful’s observance of a beloved Filipino Catholic tradition, Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona released a circular addressed to the clergy, religious and lay faithful regarding the “Liturgical Guidelines for Aguinaldo Masses”. “The Misa de Aguinaldo must be observed in the Archdiocese because it is a great [...]

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WYD veterans stress confession for papal visit

MANILA, Dec. 17, 2014 — In a gathering held to prepare young people for the papal visit to the Philippines in January 2015, delegates to past World Youth Day (WYD) highlighted Pope Francis’ view that “the Church should be more like a ‘field hospital after battle’ with bishops serving as true pastors and priests spending [...]

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Despite ‘Ruby’ mother pushes through with First Communion

CEBU, Dec. 15, 2014 — In an event described by Archbishop Jose S. Palma, Archbishop of Cebu, as “coming of the Lord in a special way,” a mother of 7 children had her First Communion in Cebu together with two of her kids on the second Sunday of Advent despite the strong winds and rain [...]

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Faithful told to discover ‘meaning of Mary’

NAGA City, Dec. 12, 2014 — With two Marian feasts celebrated recently, a prelate encouraged the faithful to learn more about the Blessed Virgin’s character, calling it something to celebrate. In his homily, Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona the shared his reflections on the “meaning of the Virgin Mary in [one's] spiritual life”. According to [...]

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LEYTE, Dec. 10, 2014 — Although partly hit by violent typhoon Ruby over the weekend, the Archdiocese of Palo did not waste time to reach out to the nearest suffragan diocese of Calbayog to provide relief goods in towns in need of help, that is Villareal and Talalora, which were accessible unlike the town of [...]

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Davao forum explains Bangsamoro law

DAVAO City, Dec. 9, 2014 — To give the members of the Ecclesiastical sub-region of Davao, Digos, Tagum and Mati (DADITAMA) a concrete idea about the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the Archdiocese of Davao hosted a forum at the University of Immaculate Conception Bajada Auditorium on Nov. 27. The forum gathered representatives from the Office of [...]

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‘Panic attack’ behind man’s death in E. Samar

MANILA, Dec. 7, 2014— A man died in the middle of an evacuation yesterday as typhoon Ruby was heading for Eastern Samar, following a suspected heart attack brought on by panic. Basilio Sumuok, around 65 years old, and his family were reportedly evacuating to a school, roughly a kilometer away from their coastal residence in [...]

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Palo residents seek shelter at Pope Francis Center

MANILA, Dec. 7, 2014— Even before its scheduled inauguration next year, the Pope Francis Center for the Poor in Palo, Leyte now houses dozens of evacuees with typhoon Ruby already making landfall in Samar. Fr. Chris Militante, Palo archdiocese’s information officer, said that as of Saturday morning around 100 people have already took shelter at [...]

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Improved communication among Jaro lay orgs after ‘Year of Laity’

JARO, Iloilo, Dec. 6, 2014 — Aside from firing up the laity about their crucial role in the Church, the Year of the Laity has also brought about improved communication and coordination among the lay groups in the Archdiocese of Jaro. “Another fruit of the Year of the Laity is an improved system of communication [...]

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Bacolod holds couples’ recollection on Synod message

BACOLOD City, Dec. 6, 2014 — In line with message of the recently held Extraordinary Synod on the Family recognizing the great challenge to remain faithful in marriage, the the Diocese of Bacolod is holding a whole-day recollection on Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the St. John’s Institute Activity Center, Queen [...]

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Jaro prelate calls faithful to ‘help one another’ face ‘Ruby’

JARO, Iloilo, Dec. 6, 2014 — The Archbishop of Jaro is urgently calling on the clergy and the lay faithful in the archdiocese to prayer, as well as to be of assistance to anyone in need, with supertyphoon “Ruby” already in the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR). “Help one another. Above all, gather in your [...]

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‘Year of the Laity never ends’ – priest

JARO, Iloilo, Dec. 6, 2014 — With many dioceses in the Philippines celebrating the closing of the Year of the Laity, Archdiocese of Jaro has purposely decided not to hold a culminating event to highlight the continuing, crucial role of the laity in every area of mission of the Church. According to Fr. Joenick Territorio, [...]

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E. Visayas braces for ‘Ruby’, Oratio prayed

TACLOBAN City, Dec. 3, 2014 – “Almighty Father, as typhoon Ruby nears, we plead to Your Mercy and pray that You spare our country and people for further devastation and deaths from nature’s wrath; we claim by faith You alone can calm this storm, in Jesus’ name. Amen.” This is one of the personal prayers [...]

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Palo prelate meets priests as ‘Ruby’ approaches

TACLOBAN City, Dec. 5, 2014– Archbishop John Du met priests of the Archdiocese of Palo today to map out the local church’s plan of action with super typhoon Ruby now in the Philippine Area of Responsibility. He called on all parishes to mobilize their social action commissions and on all the residents to pray the [...]

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