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Faithful told to discover ‘meaning of Mary’

NAGA City, Dec. 12, 2014 — With two Marian feasts celebrated recently, a prelate encouraged the faithful to learn more about the Blessed Virgin’s character, calling it something to celebrate. In his homily, Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona the shared his reflections on the “meaning of the Virgin Mary in [one's] spiritual life”. According to [...]

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LEYTE, Dec. 10, 2014 — Although partly hit by violent typhoon Ruby over the weekend, the Archdiocese of Palo did not waste time to reach out to the nearest suffragan diocese of Calbayog to provide relief goods in towns in need of help, that is Villareal and Talalora, which were accessible unlike the town of [...]

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Davao forum explains Bangsamoro law

DAVAO City, Dec. 9, 2014 — To give the members of the Ecclesiastical sub-region of Davao, Digos, Tagum and Mati (DADITAMA) a concrete idea about the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the Archdiocese of Davao hosted a forum at the University of Immaculate Conception Bajada Auditorium on Nov. 27. The forum gathered representatives from the Office of [...]

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‘Panic attack’ behind man’s death in E. Samar

MANILA, Dec. 7, 2014— A man died in the middle of an evacuation yesterday as typhoon Ruby was heading for Eastern Samar, following a suspected heart attack brought on by panic. Basilio Sumuok, around 65 years old, and his family were reportedly evacuating to a school, roughly a kilometer away from their coastal residence in [...]

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Palo residents seek shelter at Pope Francis Center

MANILA, Dec. 7, 2014— Even before its scheduled inauguration next year, the Pope Francis Center for the Poor in Palo, Leyte now houses dozens of evacuees with typhoon Ruby already making landfall in Samar. Fr. Chris Militante, Palo archdiocese’s information officer, said that as of Saturday morning around 100 people have already took shelter at [...]

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Improved communication among Jaro lay orgs after ‘Year of Laity’

JARO, Iloilo, Dec. 6, 2014 — Aside from firing up the laity about their crucial role in the Church, the Year of the Laity has also brought about improved communication and coordination among the lay groups in the Archdiocese of Jaro. “Another fruit of the Year of the Laity is an improved system of communication [...]

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Bacolod holds couples’ recollection on Synod message

BACOLOD City, Dec. 6, 2014 — In line with message of the recently held Extraordinary Synod on the Family recognizing the great challenge to remain faithful in marriage, the the Diocese of Bacolod is holding a whole-day recollection on Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the St. John’s Institute Activity Center, Queen [...]

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Jaro prelate calls faithful to ‘help one another’ face ‘Ruby’

JARO, Iloilo, Dec. 6, 2014 — The Archbishop of Jaro is urgently calling on the clergy and the lay faithful in the archdiocese to prayer, as well as to be of assistance to anyone in need, with supertyphoon “Ruby” already in the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR). “Help one another. Above all, gather in your [...]

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‘Year of the Laity never ends’ – priest

JARO, Iloilo, Dec. 6, 2014 — With many dioceses in the Philippines celebrating the closing of the Year of the Laity, Archdiocese of Jaro has purposely decided not to hold a culminating event to highlight the continuing, crucial role of the laity in every area of mission of the Church. According to Fr. Joenick Territorio, [...]

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E. Visayas braces for ‘Ruby’, Oratio prayed

TACLOBAN City, Dec. 3, 2014 – “Almighty Father, as typhoon Ruby nears, we plead to Your Mercy and pray that You spare our country and people for further devastation and deaths from nature’s wrath; we claim by faith You alone can calm this storm, in Jesus’ name. Amen.” This is one of the personal prayers [...]

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Palo prelate meets priests as ‘Ruby’ approaches

TACLOBAN City, Dec. 5, 2014– Archbishop John Du met priests of the Archdiocese of Palo today to map out the local church’s plan of action with super typhoon Ruby now in the Philippine Area of Responsibility. He called on all parishes to mobilize their social action commissions and on all the residents to pray the [...]

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Vigan seminarians to stage musical drama on WWII priest

VIGAN City, Ilocos Sur, Dec. 2, 2014 – The seminarians of Immaculate Conception School of Theology (ICST) will be staging a musical docu-drama on Dec. 7 to 9 on the life of Fr. Josef Klekamp, a missionary priest who helped save Vigan from World War II carpet bombing. Entitled “Damili”, an Ilocano word that connotes [...]

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Palo arcbishop calls on parishes to feed poor

TACLOBAN City, Dec. 2, 2014 — As the Archdiocese of Palo ushers in the Year of the Poor, Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du, DD called on all parishioners to feed the poor, especially on Sundays with him donating Php 1 million to be shared among the 78 parishes in the archdiocese to jump start the undertaking. [...]

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Bacolod honors lay leaders for ‘selfless service’

ILOILO City, Dec. 1, 2014 — In a fitting end to the Year of the Laity, the Diocese of Bacolod honored 15 laymen and laywomen for their “commitment and selfless service to the Church” on Nov. 29 during a concelebrated 9: a.m. Mass at the San Sebastian Cathedral. ‘Selfless service’ Following a period of deliberation [...]

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Iloilo youth organize pre-papal visit ‘prayer-concert’

ILOILO City, Dec. 1, 2014 — In support of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) call for spiritual preparation before the pope’s apostolic visit to the Philippines, the youth of the Archdiocese of Jaro is organizing a free recollection in the form of a prayer-concert on Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Jaro [...]

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Bicol Congress of Laity to convene

LEGAZPI City, Albay, Nov. 27, 2014 — Hundreds of lay people, religious, and clergy will convene at the Bicol Congress of Laity to culminate the Year of the Laity on Nov. 28 to 29 at the St. Agnes Academy Gymnasium. Aside from paving the way for the Year of the Poor, the gathering will seek [...]

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