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New Ozamiz metropolitan to be installed

New Ozamiz metropolitan to be installed

OZAMIZ City, Nov. 30, 2016 – Archbishop Martin Sarmiento Jumoad will be installed today, Nov. 30, as second Metropolitan of Ozamiz in liturgical rites to be presided over by the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Giuseppe Pinto at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. The prelate comes from Cebu City and was ordained priest of the Moslem-dominated [...]

Bishop alarmed: public ‘desensitized’ amid killings

MANILA, Nov. 30, 2016— As the drug war death toll nears 5,000, a Catholic bishop is concerned that many Christians have become desensitized to the deliberate ending of human life. Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi said it is unfortunate that the strong moral outcry for life is seemingly disappearing. “We are sadly witnessing a growing [...]

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Homeless ‘Sendong’ survivors appeal to Duterte

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Nov. 21, 2016 – Five years after typhoon Sendong battered Southern Philippines, thousands, who remain homeless after the storm because of what locals call “government bureaucracy” and a “lack of coordination” among government agencies, called on President Rodrigo Duterte to take action. “…(W)e are fervently hoping that you can provide closure to [...]

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Duterte okays nuclear power, Bataan prelate ‘disappointed’

MANILA, Nov. 14, 2016— A Catholic bishop has expressed regret that President Rodrigo Duterte changed his mind and decided to allow the use of nuclear energy in the country. After initially rejecting the revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant not so many days ago, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said Duterte has finally given the [...]

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Our Lady of Hope of Palo honored on ‘Yolanda’ anniversary

TANAUAN, Leyte, Nov. 8, 2016 – Three years after Super Typhoon Yolanda, over a thousand Catholic faithful, led by Palo Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du, honored the Blessed Virgin Mary under the new title Our Lady of Hope of Palo. The prelate, a Marian devotee, said that a person who has faith “knows in his heart [...]

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Central Luzon youth pilgrimage focuses on family

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Nov. 7, 2016 – The 8thCentral Luzon Youth Pilgrimage held October 27 to 29 at the University of the Assumption in this city carried the twin themes of mercy and family. Hosted by the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of San Fernando with the guidance of the Central Luzon [...]

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25 awardees feted on nat’l shrine’s 25th anniversary

HAGONOY, Bulacan, Nov. 5, 2016 – On the eve of the Parish of St. Anne in this town’s silver anniversary as a national shrine, 25 men and women who paved the way for the Church of Sta. Ana de Hagonoy’s declaration as a shrine way back in 1991 were recognized. The celebration was held on [...]

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Our Lady of Hope devotion carries ‘Yolanda’ anniversary theme

TACLOBAN City, Nov. 2, 2016 – With locals set to commemorate the third anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda on Nov. 8 through a candle-lighting ceremony, the local church will mark the day by officially culminating a 9-day devotion of Masses and prayers to Our Lady of Hope of Palo. Fr. Wilson Chu, co-parish priest of [...]

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Vocations produced remembered as shrine turns 25

HAGONOY, Bulacan, Oct. 30, 2016 – The community of the town of Hagonoy, Bulacan rejoiced on Oct.29 over the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Dedication of the Church of St. Anne as a national shrine, particularly reminiscing about the numberous vocations attributed to the devotion to “Apo Ana.” “According to historians, the very [...]

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Church offers addicts ‘concrete hope’

MANILA, Oct. 24, 2016— A parish-based center for the treatment of drug addicts was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila on Sunday, offering concrete hope and a chance to change to countless drug dependents. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle believes that drug addiction is about “spiritual warfare” – good and evil battling against each other. “We [...]

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Bishop Almario laid to rest

MALOLOS City, Bulacan, Oct. 20, 2016 – The remains of Bishop Emeritus Cirilo R. Almario, Jr. D.D., the second Bishop of Malolos, was laid to rest at the crypt of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica (Malolos Cathedral) in this city Wednesday, Oct. 19 after a 2:00 p.m. funeral Mass and Rite of Committal [...]

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Youth urged to be ‘Eucharistic persons’

MALOLOS City, Bulacan, Oct. 19, 2016 – The annual Youth Congress on Oct. 14, 2016 at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center carrying the theme “The Modern Youth and the Christian Family’s Active Role in the Eucharist” called on young people to be “Eucharistic persons” despite their young age. In a Mass to open the [...]

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Malolos bishop opposes total firecracker ban

MANILA, Oct. 17, 2016— A Catholic bishop is not amenable to a possible government plan to ban firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices. Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos said the government should focus instead on stricter safety measures since the use of fireworks is too tied to local culture. “May be what is needed are stricter safety [...]

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Faithful pay last respects to Bishop Almario

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan, Oct. 16, 2016 – After his passing away on Friday, Oct. 14, the body of Malolos Bishop Emeritus Cirilo Reyes Almario, Jr., D.D., the second bishop of the diocese, will continue to lie in state at the Chapel of the Graduate School of Theology of the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) in Guiguinto, [...]

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Marbel’s new priests told, ‘Help drug users’

POLOMOLOK, South Cotabato, Oct. 14, 2016—One of the reasons why there’s a big number of people addicted to drugs is that shepherds of the Church were not there to help them. This was Bishop of Marbel Dinualdo Gutierrez’ message as he ordained on Sept. 27 three priests at the Good Shepherd Parish in Cannery, Polomolok, [...]

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Davao opens new center for malnourished kids

DAVAO City, Oct. 13, 2016—With the help of lay volunteers, the Archdiocese of Davao has opened a new center to cater to malnourished children in the city. An offshoot of the Archdiocesan Nourishment Center (ANC) in Fatima, Davao City which has been in operation for two years now, the Pope Francis House of Mercy will [...]

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