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Our Lady of Hope devotion carries ‘Yolanda’ anniversary theme

TACLOBAN City, Nov. 2, 2016 – With locals set to commemorate the third anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda on Nov. 8 through a candle-lighting ceremony, the local church will mark the day by officially culminating a 9-day devotion of Masses and prayers to Our Lady of Hope of Palo. Fr. Wilson Chu, co-parish priest of [...]

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Vocations produced remembered as shrine turns 25

HAGONOY, Bulacan, Oct. 30, 2016 – The community of the town of Hagonoy, Bulacan rejoiced on Oct.29 over the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Dedication of the Church of St. Anne as a national shrine, particularly reminiscing about the numberous vocations attributed to the devotion to “Apo Ana.” “According to historians, the very [...]

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Church offers addicts ‘concrete hope’

MANILA, Oct. 24, 2016— A parish-based center for the treatment of drug addicts was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila on Sunday, offering concrete hope and a chance to change to countless drug dependents. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle believes that drug addiction is about “spiritual warfare” – good and evil battling against each other. “We [...]

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Bishop Almario laid to rest

MALOLOS City, Bulacan, Oct. 20, 2016 – The remains of Bishop Emeritus Cirilo R. Almario, Jr. D.D., the second Bishop of Malolos, was laid to rest at the crypt of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica (Malolos Cathedral) in this city Wednesday, Oct. 19 after a 2:00 p.m. funeral Mass and Rite of Committal [...]

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Youth urged to be ‘Eucharistic persons’

MALOLOS City, Bulacan, Oct. 19, 2016 – The annual Youth Congress on Oct. 14, 2016 at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center carrying the theme “The Modern Youth and the Christian Family’s Active Role in the Eucharist” called on young people to be “Eucharistic persons” despite their young age. In a Mass to open the [...]

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Malolos bishop opposes total firecracker ban

MANILA, Oct. 17, 2016— A Catholic bishop is not amenable to a possible government plan to ban firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices. Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos said the government should focus instead on stricter safety measures since the use of fireworks is too tied to local culture. “May be what is needed are stricter safety [...]

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Faithful pay last respects to Bishop Almario

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan, Oct. 16, 2016 – After his passing away on Friday, Oct. 14, the body of Malolos Bishop Emeritus Cirilo Reyes Almario, Jr., D.D., the second bishop of the diocese, will continue to lie in state at the Chapel of the Graduate School of Theology of the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) in Guiguinto, [...]

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Marbel’s new priests told, ‘Help drug users’

POLOMOLOK, South Cotabato, Oct. 14, 2016—One of the reasons why there’s a big number of people addicted to drugs is that shepherds of the Church were not there to help them. This was Bishop of Marbel Dinualdo Gutierrez’ message as he ordained on Sept. 27 three priests at the Good Shepherd Parish in Cannery, Polomolok, [...]

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Davao opens new center for malnourished kids

DAVAO City, Oct. 13, 2016—With the help of lay volunteers, the Archdiocese of Davao has opened a new center to cater to malnourished children in the city. An offshoot of the Archdiocesan Nourishment Center (ANC) in Fatima, Davao City which has been in operation for two years now, the Pope Francis House of Mercy will [...]

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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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