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Parish goes solar amid fight vs coal plant

MANILA, August 3, 2015— A Catholic parish church in Quezon province pushed for environmental awareness in a recent installation of solar panels on the roof of its building. Local church authorities in Atimonan symbolically switched on its solar power system after a pontifical Mass on Sunday, capping the celebration of the town’s fiesta in honor [...]

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Visayan clergy vow to protect poor

MANILA, August 3, 2015- A group of Visayan Catholic priests vowed to stand up for the “Church of the poor”, even if they lose wealthy benefactors for their parishes. In a statement, members of the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group (VCDG) committed themselves to give voice and provide protection for the needy and the vulnerable. “We [...]

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Total shutdown of Antique coal mines urged

CALUYA, Antique, August 3, 2015—Not wanting more lives added to the nine killed recently, the Diocesan Social Action Center (DSAC) of Antique together with the Church’s social action arm NASSA/Caritas Philippines, has demanded anew the complete closure of the Semirara Coal Mines. Complete closure “We strongly reiterate our call for the complete closure of the [...]

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Parañaque faithful warned vs. ‘fake’ church pages

PARAÑAQUE City, July 28, 2015—Let the faithful beware! A priest has warned Catholics from the Diocese of Parañaque about certain Facebook pages that appear to operate on behalf of the episcopal see as well as its head pastor, Bishop Jesse E. Mercado, clarifying once and for all that the person or persons behind these social [...]

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Pangasinan youth, families mark ’90 quake with ‘life run’

DAGUPAN City, Pangasinan, July 22, 2015 – Despite a heavy downpour, thousands of families, students, and members of the faithful of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan (ALD) participated in the “Run for Life Family Edition”, an advocacy run for the family on June 16 at the De Venecia Highway, Dagupan City to mark the killer 1990 [...]

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‘Have high tolerance for suffering’ – Davao prelate to seminarians

DAVAO City, July 21, 2015—Serving the Church will entail a lot of persecution and challenges, so ministers, which includes all who serve in the Church, should develop a high tolerance to pain and suffering as they respond to people’s needs. This was the message of the Davao Archbishop Romulo G. Valles to newly-installed seminarian lectors [...]

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‘Yolanda’ survivors in N. Iloilo to receive Caritas housing

JARO, Iloilo City, July 20, 2015 — 132 houses will be the blessed and turned over to survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” (“Haiyan”) on July 29 in Ajuy, in the province of Iloilo, announced the Jaro Archdiocesan Action Center (JASAC). The official turn over ceremonies on July 29 will start at 8 a.m. with a [...]

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Taguig parish entrusts itself to Ina Poon Bato’s protection vs earthquake

CENTRAL SIGNAL VILLAGE, Taguig City, July 13, 2015—Residents of this community turn to Mary’s maternal protection from what is believed to be an impending earthquake which will affect several cities along the active West Valley Fault. Proof of the residents’ reliance on Divine Protection is the permanent enthronement of the image of Ina Poon Bato [...]

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Palo launches 40/40 charity drive

SAN MIGUEL , Leyte July 12, 2015 — The Archdiocese of Palo launched on Sunday, July 5 the Alay Kapwa 40/40 drive at the St. Michael Archangel Parish in San Miguel, Leyte, together with other parishes. The archdiocese joins the rest of the Church in helping CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) raise as [...]

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Baclaran shrine expecting ‘flood’ of devotees for icon’s Jubilee

PARAÑAQUE City, July 10, 2015—As if it is not crowded enough, particularly on first Wednesdays of each month, the head of the Redemptorist community based in Baclaran, Parañaque City is expecting more and more pilgrims, devotees, and even tourists at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help until 2016 to say a prayer [...]

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Bicol Catholic schools to gather in Naga

NAGA City, July 9, 2015 – The Bikol Association of Catholic Schools (BACS) will hold its 2015 Annual Regional Assembly in Naga City this Friday, July 10, the first in five years. The gathering shall take place at the San Francisco Church and at the Crown Hotel, both located in the city’s downtown. For the [...]

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Shroud of Turin replica in PH

MOLO, Iloilo City, July 7, 2015 — A life-size replica of the Shroud of Turin has been made available for public viewing in St. Anne Parish in Molo, Iloilo City, to provide a more accessible and a more meaningful way of reflecting on the passion and death of Jesus Christ. Parish priest Fr. Espiridion R. [...]

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Palo archdiocese celebrates first bishop in 28 years

TACLOBAN City, July 7, 2015– With Pope Francis’ appointment of Bishop-elect Oscar Jaime Llaneta Florencio as the new auxiliary bishop of Cebu, the entire Archdiocese of Palo celebrates the gift of the archdiocese’ first bishop after 28 years. “I am very happy, especially for Palo. The last bishop that has been appointed was twenty-eight years [...]

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MANILA, July 7, 2015—Fr. Antonio “Joy” C. Zabala, Jr. of the Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR) officially became the new rector and parish priest of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastián (National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel) in Quiapo following his installation on Sunday, July 5, by no less than Manila Archbishop Luís [...]

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Davao priests join basketball tourney for charity in Cebu

DAVAO City, July 5, 2015—Calling themselves the “Davao Agila” Team, some members of the Diocesan Clergy of Davao will join a basketball tournament in Cebu City for the benefit of their chosen charity, the Archdiocesan Nourishment Center (ANC) of the Archdiocese of Davao. “We will be playing basketball hoping that we will have a good [...]

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MANILA, July 5, 2015— There were times when they went to school together but none of them thought they would become bishops someday— and at the same time. Bishops-elect Dennis Villarojo and Oscar Florencio were contemporaries at the Pontificio Collegio Filippino, the home of Filipino priests taking further ecclesiastical studies in Rome. Both priests studied [...]

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