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‘Sto. Niño rediscovery’ celebration to help in Cebu church restoration

CEBÚ City, March 17, 2015—Organizers of the 450th anniversary of the finding of the much-beloved Santo Niño image of Cebu express hope that the forthcoming celebration scheduled on April 28 will help bring in the funds needed to restore the centuries-old church which houses it to its former glory. Damaged church In an interview over [...]

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Bring back Church’s ‘lost’ – priest to faithful

PALO, Leyte, March 16, 2015 – “Who among you pray for the conversion of the Church? What do you do to those who drop out of the church? Who will invite them back?”  Fr. Wilson Chu, the oeconomus of the Archdiocese of Palo and co-pastor of the urban Sto. Niño Parish in Tacloban City, hurled [...]

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Int’l Eucharistic Congress 2016 ‘icon’ visits Caceres

NAGA City, March 15, 2015 — In preparation for the upcoming International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) slated in Cebu City on Jan. 24 to 31 2016, the pilgrim symbol of the 51st global gathering visited the Archdiocese of Caceres from March 7 to 10, before it proceeded with its nationwide pilgrimage. For IEC Over-all Chairman and [...]

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‘Better life for youth, better future for PH’ – youth commissioner

JARO, Iloilo, March 15, 2015 – A recent media forum about the youth and the media in the light of the CBCP’s Year of the Poor highlighted the close link between young people’s realities now and how these will affect the future. “If you give the youth a better life now, you will give the [...]

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Caceres to celebrate St. Teresa of Avila’s 500th birthday

NAGA City, March 12, 2015 — In a circular dated March 4, Carmelite prelate and Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona announces the schedule of activities for the celebration of the 5th birth centenary of the first Woman Doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila. Penitential Walk The week-long celebration begins with a Penitential Walk [...]

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TUGUEGARAO City, Cagayan, March 10, 2015—A priest from the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao has alerted the faithful on the natural calamities that might strike Cagayan anytime soon should illegal mining operations in the province continue, urging them to push for the end of these activities before it’s too late. In an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas, [...]

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Davao ‘happy’ to receive Fatima pilgrim image

DAVAO City, March 9, 2015 — Davaoeños are all too happy to receive the pilgrim image of the Our Lady of Fatima, which visited Davao City and Digos City as part of its Philippine tour this year. “I am happy to see the Blessed Mother here in Davao. I prayed to her that she will [...]

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Bacolod diocese honors ‘Team Patay/Team Buhay’ lawyers

BACOLOD, March 8, 2015 — The diocese of Bacolod honored on March 8 the lawyers who served as the legal team of Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra to the Supreme Court concerning the Team Patay/Team Buhay tarp issue of 2013. Navarra conferred the St. Thomas More Diocesan Award during the 10 a.m. Mass at the [...]

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Priest to Gilean coordinators: ‘Lighten your PWDs’ burden’

NAGA City, March 5, 2015 — “Carry them.” This was the message of Fr. Joey Gonzaga to 95 Parish PWD (People with Disabilities) Coordinators at the Gilean Ministry Archdiocesan assembly last Saturday, Feb. 28, Gualandi Formation Center. No turning back. Move forward. In his keynote address, Gonzaga, Dean of the College of Theology at the [...]

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Lingayen-Dagupan to hold ‘24 Hours for the Lord’

DAGUPAN City, Pangasinan, Mar. 3, 2015—Taking his cue from Pope Francis, Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has declared Mar. 13-14 as “24 Ore per Il Signore” (“24 Hours for the Lord”). “Let us stay united with the Holy Father in praying for a new era of mercy and compassion for the world,” he shares. [...]

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Seek the ‘Good Shepherd’ in the Year of the Sheep – priest

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 27, 2015 – As the Chinese-Filipinos welcome the Year of the Sheep, a Catholic-school president encouraged the faithful to learn from Pope Francis’ contemplation of the image of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, on how to reach out to others like shepherds to sheep. On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, Fr. [...]

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‘Don’t fear to choose Jesus’ – prelate to youth

NAGA CITY, Feb. 20, 2015 — “Do not get tired of living out your faith, of helping the poor.” This was the message of Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona to the many young people he called the “hope of the country and of the Church” at the annual Way of the Cross observed during Ash [...]

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Catarman Diocese marks Ruby jubilee with focus on poor

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, Feb. 19, 2015 -– No amount of devastation wrought by typhoons Ruby and Seniang and other calamities that lashed Northern Samar could stop the faithful from joining the local church in celebrating the Ruby anniversary of the Diocese of Catarman. The 40th anniversary of the diocese heralds the theme “40 Katuig nga [...]

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Town’s ‘first priest’ celebrates thanksgiving Mass

MANILA, Feb. 14, 2015 – Feb.1 was no ordinary day for the faithful of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Trento, Agusan del Sur. It was the day of the most-awaited thanksgiving Mass of their first “homegrown priest”, Fr. Ritchell Salinas, SVD, who was recently ordained in Germany. “Everybody was excited! The feeling of joy [...]

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Every Christian is a missionary, prelate says

CACERES, Feb. 12, 2015 — To believe in Jesus is to be sent on mission. This is what Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona said during the 4:00 p.m. Eucharistic celebration to mark St. Peter Baptist’s feast on Feb. 8 at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. According to the prelate, “every Christian is a missionary.” He said [...]

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Davao seminary rector elected Diocesan Clergy of Mindanao head

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 11, 2015—The rector of Davao’s St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary of Mindanao was recently elected president of the Diocesan Clergy of Mindanao (DCM). Msgr. Abel Apigo, a priest from the Archdiocese of Davao was elected as the new head of the DCM during their recently concluded 39th convention hosted by the [...]

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