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1k+ catechists at Jaro National Catechetical Month culmination

1k+ catechists at Jaro National Catechetical Month culmination

JARO, Iloilo, Nov. 19, 2014 — Some 1,443 committed catechists from fourteen vicariates of the Archdiocese of Jaro came in full force for the culmination of the National Catechetical Month on Nov. 8, 2014 at the Jaro Plaza Covered Gym. The National Catechetical Month celebration, themed “Ikaw kag ako, Laiko. Ikaw, ako, kita: Katekista” closed [...]

Musical on 1st Ilocano bishop held

VIGAN City, Nov. 17, 2014 – A musical on the first Ilocano Bishop was shown on Nov. 14 at the Vigan Convention Center in Nueva Segovia. The musical entitled “Ang Pasyonni Obispo Alfredo Verzosa ng Nueva Segovia at Lipa,” is about the life and virtues of Bishop Alfredo Versoza, the first Ilocano Bishop whose cause [...]

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‘Grow in courage, hope’ – Borongan bishop

BORONGAN, Samar, Nov. 11, 2014 — Hope. Courage. According to the Bishop of Borongan, these two virtues mean a lot to typhoonYolanda survivors, especially in light of the first anniversary of the natural calamity on Nov. 8. “Let us grow in being resilient Christians by growing in our courage to hope,” said Borongan Bishop Crispin [...]

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‘Tell God you want to be a saint’ – prelate to faithful

NAGA City, Nov. 6, 2014 – “Ask and it will be given to you” is a well-known Bible that also apparently applies to pursuing everyday holiness. According to a prelate, the faithful should be more vocal to God about their desire for sainthood. “Man is invited to become a saint; but God wants him to [...]

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Yolanda Year 1: Church activities to honor dead, survivors, benefactors

BORONGAN City, Eastern Samar, Nov. 2, 2014—To mark super typhoon Yolanda’s first year anniversary, the Diocese of Borongan has a host of activities lined up. Themed “The Challenge of Yolanda: the Courage to Hope,” these activities aim to commemorate, not only the thousands who have fallen, but to celebrate the thousands more who survived the [...]

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Borongan diocese outs ‘Yolanda’ program report

BORONGAN, Eastern Samar, Nov. 2, 2014—Almost a year after Yolanda, the Diocese of Borongan, headed by Bishop Crispin Varquez, recently released a progress report on its two-phase program for Yolanda-affected communities. According to the Diocese’s Commission on Social Action, Justice, and Peace (DCSA-JP), the first phase of the program involved emergency response, and was implemented [...]

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Heroes, not villains, highlighted in Halloween fest

BACOLOD City, Oct. 31, 2014 — In response to the Year of the Laity’s exhortation “Filipino Catholic Laity: Called to be Saints … Sent Forth as Heroes”, the San Sebastián Cathedral Parish of Bacolod celebrate a “Parade of Saints” on Oct. 31, 2014 at 5 p.m. “It is observable in recent years that these ‘evil’ [...]

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Prelate calls for ‘unity’ among lay groups

DAVAO City, Oct. 31, 2014— Like a band of different musical instruments playing in harmony. In a similar way, lay organizations, are called to unity and mutual support, says a prelate. “This convention is important not to show off that we are better than the other. We need one another. We need to encourage one [...]

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Cubao volunteers visit Bilibid

MUNTINLUPA City, Oct. 26, 2014 — Youth ministry members and lay leaders from the Diocese of Cubao, together with some volunteers of the Philippine Jesuit Prison Service (PJPS) Foundation, Inc., shared their message of love and hope to inmates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Calling the outreach “an encounter [...]

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Baclaran event to benefit OFWs, kin

PARAÑAQUE City, Oct. 26, 2014—All interested Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)—retired, returnees, and current—as well as their families, are invited to a free event to be held right after the OFW Mass on Oct. 31, Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Grogan Hall, 2nd floor of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help [...]

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Mercy, compassion highlighted in St. John Paul II feast

BACOLOD City, Oct. 22, 2014 –The Diocese of Bacolod’s first feast day celebration of St. John Paul II, a man of mercy and compassion himself, will highlight these twin values with a feeding program and a Holy Mass today, Oct. 22. In line with the theme of the forthcoming visit of Pope Francis to the [...]

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Make nuke plant a tourist spot, bishop suggests

BALANGA, Bataan, Oct. 19, 2014—A Catholic prelate maintains that reopening the Bataan Nuclear Powerplant (BNPP) is not the solution to the problem of a looming energy shortage and its mounting cost, it should instead be converted into a tourist spot. Talking to Church-run Radyo Veritas recently, Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos suggested transforming the mothballed [...]

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1 year after Bohol quake: priest sad much still ‘unbuilt’

TAGBILARAN City, Oct. 17, 2014—With many infrastructures still down a year after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, a Catholic priest laments Bohol has yet to undergo serious rehabilitation works. Fr. Anton CT Pascual, Caritas Manila executive director, who was in the Visayan island-province Wednesday, Oct.15 to express solidarity with survivors of the earthquake, confirmed over Church-run [...]

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Bacolod adopts laity theme for Marian feast

BACOLOD City, Oct. 15, 2014 – This year, the Diocese of Bacolod recognized the Blessed Virgin’s singular example to the laity by having a special celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary on Oct. 12. Themed “Maria Sulundan sang Pilipino nga Laiko”, the observance of the feast was moved to [...]

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P’que to hold youth confab

PARAÑAQUE City, Oct. 14, 2014—A month before the Year of the Laity is over, the Diocese of Parañaque (DOP), heeding the Church’s call in “choosing to be brave”, is scheduled to hold its annual activity for the youth on Oct. 25, Saturday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Fr. Di Francia Center of [...]

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Lavarias to be installed as San Fernando archbishop

MANILA, Oct. 13, 2014— The Archdiocese of Pampanga will welcome a new leader. Bishop Florentino Lavarias, 57, will be officially installed as the fourth archbishop of San Fernando in the city’s metropolitan cathedral on Oct. 27. Thousands of faithful are expected to attend the rite, which symbolically starts with the archbishop-elect entering the front door, [...]

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