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Bacolod youth spearhead Marian fest

BACOLOD, Oct. 13, 2016 – Not to be left out in the celebration of the feast of the diocese’s secondary patroness, the young people of the Cathedral here held on Oct. 8 a youth festival in honor of the Mother of God. Dubbed “YahGang Young”, which stands for “Yahweh’s Gang: Young People”, the festival was [...]

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Manila parishes to have 2nd collection for hurricane-hit Haiti

MANILA, Oct. 12, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has committed aid for victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, requesting a second collection be made during Masses in Manila’s parishes. Funds collected will be donated to Caritas Haiti, which is among the organizations responding to survivors’ plight in the wake of the recent storm. He said [...]

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Iloilo welcomes relics of St. Josemaria, Bl. Alvaro

ILOILO City, Oct. 11, 2016 – The Catholic faithful in this city celebrated on Oct. 6, the arrival of the sacred relics of a saint and a blessed who untiringly taught the Gospel message of the universal call to holiness. In the presence of the newly-arrived relics of St. Josemaria Escriva and of his first [...]

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Bulacan’s mental health confab focuses on addiction

BOCAUE, Bulacan, Oct. 10, 2016 – In line with the celebration of World Mental Health Day today, the Brothers of Mercy of St. John of God recently held a symposium on mental health touching on addiction and other mental illnesses at the De Lour Pavilion, Igulot, Bocaue, Bulacan, Saturday, Oct. 8. “A strong support group [...]

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Negros bishops: Gov’t action on killings ‘inadequate’

MANILA, Oct. 8, 2016— Catholic bishops of Negros Island lashed out at the Duterte administration for supposedly not taking sufficient action to address summary executions. In a joint pastoral statement, the dioceses of Bacolod, Dumaguete, San Carlos, and Kabankalan said they are “deeply sadened” by the “ever-increasing” number of killings in connection with Duterte’s war [...]

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Caritas calls for more aid to typhoon-hit Batanes

MANILA, Oct. 5, 2016— Caritas Philippines has called for increased support for victims of the recent typhoon that hit Batanes, located in the northernmost tip of the country. Archbishop Rolando Tirona, Caritas national director, said weeks after the devastation, many people on the island are still in need of sufficient supply of food, shelter, water, [...]

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MANILA, Oct. 4, 2016— A Catholic parish church dedicated to St. Therese of Lisieux was elevated to the rank of diocesan shrine over the weekend. The church is now known as the Diocesan Shrine of the St. Therese of the Child Jesus, located inside the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) campus in Laguna [...]

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New Baguio bishop looks forward to ‘shepherding flock’

MANILA, Oct. 3, 2016 — Bishop-elect Victor Bendico will be making some adjustments in the Baguio diocese but says he is looking forward to his new mission. “I am looking forward to serving the people of Baguio and that we will be able to work hand in hand,” said the priest. The Roxas City-born monsignor [...]

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Church, academe partner for drug crisis intervention

DAVAO City, Oct. 3, 2016—In response to the widespread drug problem in the country, the Archdiocese of Davao and the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) have forged a partnership through the Sagop Kinabuhi Program (SKP) to help address the ongoing crisis . SKP is the concrete response of the Church to the mass surrender of [...]

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Fiesta procession features ‘Toril cross’ relic

MEYCAUAYAN CITY, Bulacan, Sept. 29, 2016 – Hundreds of parishioners from St. Francis of Assisi parish attended on Sunday, Sept. 25 a short liturgy led by Fr. Narciso Sampana to send off the Cross of Toril for the “LakBayan” (Paglalakbay Bayan), a yearly activity for the town feast that signifies where the Franciscans transferred the [...]

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Manila archdiocese to celebrate Marian Jubilee

MANILA, Sept. 28, 2016— As part of its celebration of the Year of Mercy, the Archdiocese of Manila is hosting a Marian Jubilee this coming October. The archdiocese said it has come up with a series of activities that the faithful are encouraged to be part of during the month-long celebration. On Oct. 1, the [...]

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Archdiocese ties-up with gov’t for drug rehab program

MANILA, Sept. 27, 2016 — The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro will be collaborating with the government in providing a faith-based drug rehabilitation program. Archbishop Antonio Ledesma said the archdiocese has joined a multisectoral group to help in preventing and treating drug abuse. He said the “Coalition for a Drug-free Society” was formed with the [...]

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Bulacan hospice hosts ‘Mercy Day’ event

BOCAUE, Bulacan, Sept. 27, 2016 – In line with the commemoration of the feast of Our Lady of Mercy last Sept. 24, the Hospicio de San Juan de Dios, which is being managed by the Brothers of Mercy of St. John of God in Igolot, Bocaue, Bulacan, sponsored a simple yet memorable celebration on Sunday. [...]

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Basey fiesta set in Manila

MANILA, Sept. 26, 2016- Manila-based residents of Basey, Samar will gather as one community for the upcoming 95th Fiesta Celebration in honor of the town’s patron, St. Michael the Archangel. ‘Beautiful’ Pronounced “basai” or “basay”, the town’s name is from a Binisaya word “mabaisai”, meaning “beautiful”. Its town fiesta is held every Sept. 29 in [...]

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Exhibit features history of Manila archdiocese

MANILA, Sept. 24, 2016— A local exhibit set in one of the most iconic sites in Old Manila offers a glimpse into the history of the Archdiocese of Manila. Opened this week at the archdiocese’s museum, the exhibit is located at the third floor of the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros and is open during [...]

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118th Calbayog fiesta mag ‘offered to Mary’

MANILA, Sept. 19, 2016 – Occasions like town fiestas unite people into one community. And regardless of distance or being away from home, Calbayognons always find a way to come together annually to celebrate the feast day of Calbayog city’s patroness, which this year enjoyed the “bonus” of a fiesta magazine in honor of Our [...]

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