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Cebu archdiocese erects new parish

CEBU City, June 24, 2016— Hundreds of Catholics celebrated the erection of a new parish in the Archdiocese of Cebu. The Church, located in the village of Colawin in Argao town, is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. Archbishop Jose Palma administered the rites for the canonical erection of the parish and the installation of Fr. [...]

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Archdiocese to host forum on Pope’s document on family

NAGA City, June 22, 2016— Pope Francis’ new document on family will be the subject of a three-day seminar that will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Caceres in Naga City next week. Among the expected participants of the event that will be held at the Basilica Hall from June 29 to 31 are the [...]

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Iloilo’s poorest offered free technical training

JARO, Iloilo City, June 12, 2016– The poorest among the poor in this Archdiocese are now offered an opportunity to receive technical training for free. The Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center (JASAC) announced the offering of a program known as the Alternative Learning System (ALS). The program, which offers vocational courses for welders, electricians, and [...]

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Fire destroys church rectory in Camarines Sur

MANILA, May 31, 2016— A huge fire destroyed the rectory of Sts. Philip and James Parish in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur last week. Several fire crews and volunteers responded to the blaze just after 5 p.m. last Wednesday, May 25. Fire out was declared at around 8 p.m. Faulty electrical wiring is being blamed for the [...]

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Bishop gives 10 ‘happy priest’ tips

JARO, Iloilo City, May 30, 2016 – On the joyful occasion in which new priests were welcomed into this local Church, the Archbishop took the opportunity to give some practical advice for a happy priesthood. “What are the 10 habits of a happy priest? After 52 years in the priesthood, I advise 10 habits.” asked [...]

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School offers 1st music degree course in Region 8

CALBAYOG City, Samar, May 25, 2016 –Christ the King College (CKC), the oldest Catholic school in Samar and Leyte, launches its newest course offering for this incoming school year, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education, the first of its kind in the region. Established in 1905, CKC is a Franciscan educational institution administered by [...]

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Iloilo parish gets serious about caring for families

ILOILO City, May 25, 2016 – In response to the CBCP’s declaration of 2016 as the Year of the Eucharist and the Family, a parish in this city came out with an initiative to remind the faithful about the value of the family and their Christian responsibilities through a formation track on caring for families. [...]

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Pope appoints new Bacolod bishop

MANILA, May 24, 2016 – With the resignation of Msgr. Vincente M. Navarra as shepherd of the Diocese of Bacolod, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Patricio A. Buzon, SDB, the new bishop of the diocese, transferring him from the diocese of Kabankalan. Presently a member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on [...]

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15 years of priesthood: ‘All worth it’

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan, May 24, 2016 – How much sacrifice does 15 years of priesthood require? The 15th presbyteral anniversary of Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) formator Fr. Rainnielle Payawal Pineda on May 19 showed why all the hardwork and sacrifice of priesthood is worth it and more. “All the hardships and sacrifices were worth it [...]

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BAUANG, May 23, 2016 – After being kept for 115 years on American soil, the historic San Pedro bell was welcomed back home with nothing short of a fiesta-like celebration in the municipality of Bauang, province of La Union, earlier today. Dubbed the “Symbol of peace”, the bell hung outside New York’s West Point’s Most [...]

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Contests marking Perpetual Help Jubilee launched

PARAÑAQUE City, May 20, 2016 – The Redemptorists of Baclaran have come out with a set of literary, artistic, photography, and musical contests as a special way of marking 150 years of making Our Mother of Perpetual Help known. The contests are open to all devotees, whether amateur or professional, whose original entries can expound [...]

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Obando prayer dance focuses on 3 saints

OBANDO, Bulacan, May 20, 2016 – Many pilgrims flocked to this town from May 17 to 19 to join its annual prayer dance for fertility that was dedicated this year to St. Clare of Assisi, Nuestra Señora de Salambao, and St. Paschal Baylon. In celebration of the feast day of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception [...]

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Groups gather in Tawi-Tawi for Bajau empowerment

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi, May 17, 2016–A gathering of different groups based in Mindanao is happening here to empower the Bajaus, who are considered a marginalized group in society. The Claret Samal Foundation Inc. (CSFI) based in Basilan has organized the 9th Pastoral Assembly of Care for Nomads and Bajaus in the Philippines (CNBP) at the Beachside [...]

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MARILAO, Bulacan, May 8, 2016 – As a response to the need for more powerful and effective speakers to spread the Good News in the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs), Diocese of Malolos’ Office of the Promotion of Basic Ecclesial Communities (OPBEC) held a Speakers’ Bureau Training at the Mother of Mercy Chapel in Loma de [...]

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Bulacan gets 1st solar-powered nat’l shrine

HAGONOY, Bulacan, May 6, 2016 – As part of caring for the environment, the National Shrine and Parish of St. Anne in Hagonoy, Bulacan, in cooperation with SolaRex International and Steel Corporation (SISCORP), installed on April 20 a solar power panel generator system, the first ever in the diocese. According Msgr. Luciano C. Balagtas, P.C., [...]

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Archbishop leads 10k marchers vs. coal plants

BATANGAS City, May 5, 2016— Led by Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles., around 10,000 Filipinos from various Church groups, concerned citizens, and civil society organizations marched here today to call for a moratorium on new coal plants in the country, With only five days to go before the elections, the demonstrators demanded that the next administration [...]

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