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Tagbilaran diocese backs drug rehab center

MANILA, Feb. 12, 2016 – The Diocese of Tagbilaran supports a drug rehabilitation center in Bohol in response to a widespread drug addiction problem that is bringing a growing sense of anxiety to the local communities, a priest said in a recent interview. The local church backs the program of Farm It Works Balay Kahayag [...]

Palo youth set IEC Youth Day

PALO, Leyte, Feb. 11, 2016 – The youth of Leyte will take on the challenge left by the 51st International Eucharistic Congress by echoing the event’s richness and learnings through the Archdiocesan Echo of IEC Youth Day on Feb. 24 to 25. Hosted by the Vicariate of Tacloban, the event will coincide with the 4th [...]

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Pilgrimage season opens in Manila archdiocese

MANILA, Feb. 9, 2016— The first of two pilgrimage seasons in the Holy Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Manila begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10 until Pentecost Sunday, May 15. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has decreed the following parishes and shrines as Jubilee Churches: Manila Cathedral Santuario de Santo Cristo Parish [...]

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Jaro fiesta carries mercy, Marian themes

JARO, Iloilo City, Feb. 3, 2016 – “Mary, Mother of Mercy, turn your eyes of mercy toward us, help us to contemplate the face of mercy, Jesus Christ.” This is the prayer of the thousands of pilgrims who flocked to Jaro to honor Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria on Feb. 2, the Feast of the [...]

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Jaime Cardinal Sin building in Jaro inaugurated

JARO, Iloilo City, Feb. 2, 2016 – “We have been deprived of proper classrooms for more than a year now and we are more than thrilled to come back!” Thus exclaimed Msgr. Alejandro P. Esperancilla, rector of St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary, expressing the collective sentiment of priest-formators, faculty members, and the seminarians at the inauguration [...]

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Some Cebuanos still ‘clueless’ about IEC?

CEBU City, Jan. 25, 2016 – Despite years of promotion some Catholics in Cebu still seem “clueless” about the meaning and importance of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC). While many have heard of the religious event through radio announcements and other forms of mass media, they tend to think the event is just an [...]

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Dinagyang feast’s focus: Sto. Niño, ‘people’s hope’

ILOILO City, Jan. 25, 2106 – As the social temperature rises due especially to the heated campaigning of those presenting themselves as the hope of the nation, the festival of the Sto. Niño in this city was an occasion for the faithful to be reminded of the real source of hope. Presiding over the solemn [...]

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Samar youth to sing at IEC opening Mass

CALBAYOG City, Samar, Jan. 22, 2016 –Some 60 gifted high school and college students from Calbayog City, Samar intend to translate into music the theme of the forthcoming 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu City—“Christ in you, our hope of glory” [Col. 1:27]— at the event’s opening Mass. “We are so much excited to [...]

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Davao strengthens grassroots service ministry

DAVAO City, Jan. 20, 2016—The Archdiocese of Davao has strengthened its mechanism to serve the people at the grassroots level through the GKK Social Action Committee (GSAC). GKK or Gagmay’ng Kristohanong Katilingban is the equivalent of the Basic Ecclesial Communities or BECs, which are communities of lay faithful who are under the care of their [...]

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Bulacan seminary to present ‘Mercy concert’

GUIGINTO, Bulacan, Jan. 18, 2016 – The Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) in Guiguinto, Bulacan will present a documentary concert titled “Ama Natin” (Our Father) on Jan. 22 and 23, 2016 at the ICMAS seminary gymnasium. The theme of the concert is centered on different faces of mercy in solidarity with the celebration of the [...]

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A year after: Palo still ‘overjoyed’ over papal visit

TACLOBAN City, Jan. 14, 2016 – It has been a year since Pope Francis visited Tacloban City and Palo in Leyte yet the jubilation it brought lives on. Tight security measures, inconveniences due to road traffic regulations, and the threat of Typhoon Amang on Jan. 17 last year didn’t deter the people of Eastern Visayas [...]

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Archdiocese removes fixed fees for canonical certificates

MANILA, Jan. 12, 2016— After setting a policy against soliciting or accepting payments for sacraments, a Catholic archbishop this time wants his parishes to stop charging fixed rates for issuing certificates. Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan said the move is still part of the ongoing archdiocesan reform, as he reminded the clergy not to “commercialize” [...]

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Mass wedding held on Feast of Black Nazarene

PALO, Leyt, Jan. 10, 2016 – 63 moms and dads in San Joaquin Parish this town exchanged I do’s in a church wedding on Jan. 9, the Feast of Black Nazarene The ceremony was so far, the parish’ biggest mass wedding since super typhoon Yolanda devastated the area, killing hundreds of parishioners in 2013. Parish [...]

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‘Nazareno fever’ hits Masbate

DIMASALANG, Masbate, Jan. 10, 2015 – They may be miles away from the epicenter of the devotion, but Catholics in Dimasalang, Masbate did not allow distance to get in the way of expressing solidarity with their brethren in Quiapo by holding their own mini version of the phenomenal “Traslación.” “It’s the first time our parish [...]

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Get married in Church, Catholic couples urged

ILOILO City, Jan. 2, 2016– On the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy, a parish here is offering unmarried Catholic couples the opportunity to participate more fully in the life of the Church. Msgr. Sergio Jamoyot, rector of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Alta Tierra, Iloilo City, said the Jubilee is [...]

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‘Yolanda’ survivors pay it forward this Christmas

TACLOBAN City, Dec. 27, 2015 – From being recipients of help, Catholics in Tacloban City who survived super typhoon Yolanda in 2013 once again shared their blessings to the needy this Christmas season. Besides sending relief goods to the Diocese of Catarman for the victims of typhoon Nona, the Sto. Niño parish, led by its [...]

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