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Int’l pilgrims visit ‘places of mercy’ in Bulacan

Int’l pilgrims visit ‘places of mercy’ in Bulacan

MARILAO, Bulacan, Jan. 19, 2017— Hundreds of foreign delegates of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM4) visited “places of mercy” in the Diocese of Bulacan on Thursday as part of their pilgrimage in the country. More than 600 delegates from 40 countries visited about 15 charitable institutions where they were shown the corporal [...]

Bishop exhorts faithful to ‘cope’ with priest’s death

MANILA, Dec. 22, 2016 – With an entire diocese still reeling from the shock of Fr. Jose Eliseo Buenviaje’s sudden demise on Dec. 13 from a heart attack, Novaliches Bishop Antonio R. Tobias, DD encouraged the faithful to take the time to cope with the pastor’s passing. “I know many of us in the diocese [...]

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Faithful mourn priest’s sudden death

MANILA, Dec. 21, 2016 – A text message notifying the public about the death of Fr. Jose Eliseo Buenviaje, 42, of the Diocese of Novaliches, on Dec. 13, 2016 at around 4:00 p.m., sent ripples of shock and grief among the faithful. The priest, who suffered cardiac arrest immediately after a visit to the bank, [...]

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Child rights advocates eye Manila program

MANILA, Dec. 21, 2016 – The Salvatorian Pastoral Care for Children (SPCC) has set its sights on expanding its children and women rights advocacy in Manila by next year. “The Salvatorian Pastoral Care for Children is a parish-based child protection program,” said Sr. Eloisa Holdiem (SDS), SPC program director for the National Capital Region. “This [...]

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Cubao diocese inaugurates new multimedia studio

MANILA, Dec. 14, 2016— Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao inaugurated a new media center of the diocese during a special ceremony held on Dec. 12 “This audio and video production studio is for evangelization,” Fr. Steve Zabala, media director of the diocese, told Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas on Tuesday. Zabala also stressed the need for [...]

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Seminary’s 1st rector marks 50 years as priest

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan, Dec. 13, 2016 – Monsignor Fernando Garcia Gutierrez, H.P. celebrated on Dec. 9 his golden presbyteral anniversary at the Immaculate Conception Seminary Gymnasium inside the seminary complex in Guiguinto, Bulacan. Almost 70 priests, groups of Gutierrez’ closest friends, students, colleagues, and seminarians were present at the event, which was marked by a 10:00 [...]

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Church to Catholic schools: Help drug users

DAVAO City, Dec. 13, 2016 — The local church of Davao has tapped the network of Catholic schools in Davao Region to join the fight against drug use. In a meeting with the Davao Association of Catholic Schools (DACS), a network of schools, Archbishop of Davao Romulo G. Valles asked the heads of different schools [...]

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Bacolod bishop rallies faithful vs. death penalty

BACOLOD, Dec. 12, 2016 – As Congress swiftly moves to resurrect the death penalty, the Diocese of Bacolod is calling on all the faithful to express their opposition to the “culture of death” and to uphold the “culture of life” through a “Prayer Rally for Life” in the afternoon of Dec. 12, feast of Our [...]

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Samar’s youth orchestra to perform at WACOM4

CALBAYOG City, Dec. 9, 2016- With excitement slowly building up for the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM4) that will be hosted by the Philippines from Jan. 16 to 20, 2017, the Christ the King College Youth Symphony Orchestra (CKC-YSO) of Calbayog City, Samar, blocked its calendar to perform in some events of the [...]

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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 [...]

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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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