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Baclaran shrine now a ‘green zone’

Baclaran shrine now a ‘green zone’

PARAÑAQUE City, Aug. 28, 2015 – In a bid to be an example to others, the Redemptorist community of Baclaran, Parañaque City began promoting “eco spirituality” among its devotees and guests by making the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMPH) a “green” zone. Sustainability “I believe that we at the shrine must [...]

Mama Mary to ‘receive’ carillon birthday gift

PARAÑAQUE City, Aug. 28, 2015 – Guess what, besides flowers and prayers, the Redemptorist religious and Marian devotees of Baclaran have something more to offer the Queen of Heaven on her forthcoming birthday: a carillon bell tower. Bells of St. Mary The sky-high structure is expected to be blessed by no less than Manila Archbishop [...]

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Davao gears up for World Youth Day 2016

DAVAO City, Aug. 28, 201—Young people from all over the world will once again have the opportunity to have an encounter with the Pope at next year’s World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow, Poland and young Davaoeños will not miss this chance. The Davao Archdiocesan Youth Coordinating Apostolate (DAYCA) organized an orientation for interested applicants [...]

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Bishop, clergy up in arms over mining in E. Samar

MANILA, Aug. 27, 2015— The Catholic clergy in Eastern Samar have vowed to resist a government decision to allow a mining firm to ship its stockpile of nickle ore out of the province. The clergy raised the issue to the government again amid concerns that there is no stopping the Hinatuan Mining Corp. from transporting [...]

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No claps after Mass in Parañaque but…

PARAÑAQUE City, Aug. 25, 2015—A priest from the Diocese of Parañaque has taken steps to discourage the faithful from clapping after Mass, noting that the liturgy has no place for a gesture that glorifies people rather than God. . No VIPs “Since there is no place for recognizing individual achievements during the liturgy, we likewise [...]

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550 ‘Yolanda’-hit families to get in-city housing

TACLOBAN City, Leyte, Aug. 18, 2015—Some 550 families affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” are expected to move out of Tacloban’s danger zones soon into the safety of their own new houses in a forthcoming in-city settlement near their workplaces. “This only proves that in-city housing is possible. We can provide permanent housing to the people [...]

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Pope Francis Village adopts ‘participatory approach’

TACLOBAN City, Aug. 16, 2015 – 550 units of permanent housing for typhoon Yolanda will soon rise in Brgy. Diit in this city, a project by the church-backed consortium “FRANCESCO”, which employs a more participatory, pro-beneficiary, bottom-up approach for rehabilitation work. “It is not enough that they will be provided houses,” said Fr. Ed Gariguez, Catholic [...]

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Tagle names Manila’s new Presbyteral Council members

MANILA, Aug. 15, 2015 – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has constituted the Archdiocese’s new Presbyteral Council and named its members in a circular dated Aug. 10, 2015. The members of the Presbyteral Councilcomprise Ex-Officio members who are as follows: Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop-in-charge of Pastoral Secretariat and Council on Formation and Episcopal [...]

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Diocese of Iba celebrates ‘Year of Consecrated Life’

IBA, Zambales, Aug. 14, 2015 – In response to the Holy Father’s invitation to celebrate the gift of vocation to the religious life, the Diocese of Iba (Zambales) marked the diocesan opening of the Year of Consecrated Life on July 31, in Iba, Zambales, participated in by the religious congregations serving the diocese, diocesan priests, [...]

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Tagum to host 1st inter-clergy basketball tournament

TAGUM, Davao del Norte, Aug. 13, 2015 – The Diocese of Tagum will be hosting on Oct. 19 to 24 the first ever Inter-Clergy National Basketball Tournament (ICNBT) dubbed the “Support and Shoot for the Poor”. “This basketball clergy competition becomes a celebration and expression of support from and among clergy from 20 arch/dioceses to [...]

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Parañaque marks 390 years of Marian devotion

PARAÑAQUE City, Aug. 11, 2015―After 390 years, Catholics from the Diocese of Parañaque and from other places proved once again they are devoted children of their heavenly mother and patroness, celebrating on Monday, Aug. 10, the feast of the enthronement of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso (Our Lady of the Good Event). True blessedness Expounding [...]

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‘Prayer, ministry go together’ – priest to seminarians

BULACAN, Aug. 11, 2015 – “Somebody who prays is someone who serves and he who serves ought to pray.” This is what Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral and guest professor at ICMAS-GST, told seminarians of the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) Graduate School of Theology (GST) during their monthly recollection on Aug. [...]

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Mindanao-wide climate campaign held

DAVAO City, Aug. 8, 2015—Inspired by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) has jumpstarted its grassroots campaign in the various episcopal sees of Mindanao from Aug. 4 to 7 in a bid to raise awareness among the faithful on the need for climate action in the light of Catholic social teachings. [...]

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Bishop blasts govt for ‘hiding’ Zambo refugees

MANILA, August 7, 2015— A bishop cried foul over the reported hiding of refugees in Zamboanga City just before the visit of a top official from the United Nations. Catholic Archbishop Rolando Tirona, who heads the church’s justice and peace ministry, lamented that the government’s action was already making “making fun of the poor.” “We [...]

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DAVAO City, Aug. 7, 2015—Priests from different parts of Mindanao converged in St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Maa here to mark the feast of the patron saint of diocesan priests, St. John Marie Vianney on Aug. 4 and to welcome the only diocesan priest ordained in the Archdiocese of Davao for the year. Through [...]

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Cubao diocese to host ‘Assumption Day’ talk

QUEZON City, Aug. 6, 2015一Filipinos are not called “Pueblo Amante de María” for nothing. In this regard, all Catholics, particularly Marian devotees, from Metro Manila as well as nearby provinces have a chance to take part in a day of reflection on Aug. 15, Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, which aims to deepen [...]

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