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SC ruling empowers families – Bacolod priest

SC ruling empowers families – Bacolod priest

BACOLOD CITY, April 18, 2014 — The unshakably pro-life diocese of Bacolod through its clergy observed how the recent Supreme Court ruling on the RH Law empowered pro-family groups in a new way.   Ironically, instead of upholding the RH Law, as the pro-RH lobby desired, under a closer analysis the SC decision not only [...]

Tagum diocese welcomes new clergy members

TAGUM CITY, April 15, 2014— The Diocese of Tagum, headed by Bishop Wilfredo D. Manlapaz, D.D., welcomed newly-ordained clergy members on April 7. Through the laying on of hands of Bishop Manlapaz, the new priests: Fr. Jerum Quitoriano Sto. Niño Parish, Panabo City; Fr. Jonathan Autida from San Antonio de Padua Chaplaincy in TADECO; Fr. [...]

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Parañaque diocese releases Lent schedule

PARAÑAQUE City, April 10, 2014—Those who are thinking of spending Lent somewhere in the Diocese of Parañaque need not feel their way blindly around with an updated schedule of activities for the holy season provided by the Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew. On April 12, Saturday, a “Parish Pastoral General Assembly” will be held at [...]

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‘Special children’ can be a blessing – bishop

SORSOGON City, April 10, 2014 – Special children are not necessarily a curse; they can be bearers of prosperity for the family or play an important future role in society, says a bishop. Quoting John 9:3,  Sorsogon Bishop Arturo M. Bastes said, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was [...]

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Baguio diocese to hold vigil, fast vs RH Law

BAGUIO CITY, April 7, 2014 – With the upcoming final deliberation of the Supreme Court (SC) on the Reproductive Health (RH) Law set on April 8, Baguio Bishop Carlito Cenzon D.D. rallied the faithful to a prayer vigil and fasting from today until April 8 in hopes that the controversial law will be declared unconstitutional. [...]

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‘Visita Iglesia’ to feature top NCR churches

PARAÑAQUE City, April 7, 2014—Seven of the most famous and historically significant churches in Metro Manila are the holy spots to be honored in the traditional “Visita Iglesia” being organized by the Diocese of Parañaque and scheduled on April 9, Wednesday. St. Andrew’s Cathedral Parish rector Msgr. Rolando R. AgustÍn invites the lay faithful, especially his parishioners, [...]

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Parañaque faithful hold marathon “Pabasa”

PARAÑAQUE City, April 6, 2014—A few weeks ahead of Holy Week, a lay group decided to hold a “marathon praying” Sunday, using the traditional Pabasa at the Santa Monica Sub-Parish in Barangay Don Galo. The group, mostly composed of elderly women, started the Pabasa (Reading) at four in the morning, lasting until roughly six in evening with more participants [...]

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Bacolod to hold simultaneous prayer vigils for RH Law

BACOLOD CITY, April 4, 2014 — The Bishop of Bacolod, the Most Rev. Vicente M. Navarra, DD, calls the faithful in all the diocese’s churches to hold simultaneous prayer vigils on April 7 for the intention of the Supreme Court Justices’ final decision on the constitutionality of the RH Law. “The Diocese of Bacolod has [...]

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Catechists’ formation to be more holistic

 JARO, Iloilo, March 30, 2014 — Inspired by the CBCP’s 9-year spiritual journey towards the 500th anniversary of the Christianization of the Philippines, Iloilo is offering a summer formation program for catechists that employs a more holistic approach to evangelization training. The 3rd Summer Catechetical Institute (SCI) course, a four- week live-in cyclical Faith Formation [...]

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Caceres creates ministry for PWDs

CACERES, March 27, 2014 – With the creation of the Archdiocese of Caceres’ special ministry for People With Disability (PWD), a total of 30 handicapped individuals were given wheelchairs by the American Wheelchairs Mission, headed by Chris Lewis, last March 20 at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. Fr. Jaime Danilo Viola, the first chairman of the [...]

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2nd Peñafrancia Short Film Festival launched

CACERES, March 27, 2014 – Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona together with Caceres Commission on Communications (CCCom) Director Fr. Luisito Occiano launched the 2nd Peñafrancia Short Film Festival last March 25 with the theme, “Choose to be brave, to live and love like Ina”. This year’s film festival focuses on two important elements: celebrating the [...]

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PASIG, March 27, 2014 – The Diocese of Pasig will be honoring local individuals and institutions that have excelled in the field of media and communications at the second Pasig Catholic Mass Media Awards (PCMMA) this coming June. The event aims to recognize the contributions of local print and broadcast journalists to the promotion of [...]

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Parish youth offers ultimate de-stresser

MANILA, March 27, 2014 – This summer, a Marikina parish youth ministry offers the ultimate de-stresser for young people, a special Lenten Eucharistic adoration on April 14 that will be more than just a good dose of silence and keeping still. “Through [the Oremus: Lenten Eucharistic Adoration] young people are invited to spend time alone [...]

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Prominent physician warns against artificial contraceptives

GUBAT, Sorsogon, March 23, 2014 – A well-known obstetrician and gynecologist bared the dark side of artificial contraception during a talk sponsored by the local Augustinian community on March 22 that jolted a long-held understanding on the issue. Speaking at the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Chapel in barangay Tiris, Dr. Eleanor de Borja-Palabyab, MD, Doctors [...]

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Sorsogon reports BEC growth

SORSOGON City, March 23, 2014 – The number of small Christian communities or Saradit na Kristianong Komunidad (SKK) in the local tongue has grown remarkably in the span of five years as the diocese continues to give an extra push to engage more parishioners. In 2009, the diocese had only 6 active SKK or Basic [...]

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New Augustinian parish in Bicol

GUBAT, Sorsogon, March 21, 2014 – The first evangelizers to have ever set foot on Philippine shore are building a new parish in a town Bicol, a testament to their continuing commitment of cultivating the faith among the Filipino people. The church, which started construction since 2013, lies on a 3-hectare un-irrigated plot of rice [...]

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