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Cardinal Tagle sets new rules for church construction, renovation

  MANILA, April 12, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle announced new procedures for any major building or renovation programs with a cost estimate in excess of Php200,000 in the Archdiocese of Manila. In a letter to pastors, school directors, and institutional heads, he revealed the establishment of an engineering department that will assist the archdiocese [...]

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Prelate: Zambales nuns ‘flee’ to fight

CASTILLEJOS, Zambales, April 12, 2016 – Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro C. Bacani has assured the Iba faithful that the decision of the Carmelite nuns of their diocese to move from their old home in Subic to a place farther up the hills of Castillejos does not mean an escape from battle but a plunge directly [...]

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Malolos faithful organize candidates’ forum

MALOLOS City, April 10, 2016 – The Malolos Diocesan Commission on Social Action (CSA) with its Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) on April 9 spearheaded a candidates’ forum for local candidates running at the provincial level. Held at the Immaculate Conception Parish – Cathedral and Minor Basilica from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m., KAdalisayang [...]

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QUEZON CITY, April 10, 2016—Sorsogon Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, SVD lead on April 9 the covenant-signing for the Serendipity Fund, a radical anti-poverty measure proposed by the diocese. Attended by religious leaders, local government officials, youth leaders, and members of civil society, the covenant-signing, held at the Annunciation Parish in Bacon, Sorsogon, is the campaign’s [...]

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Nuns find new home atop Zambales hill

CASTILLEJOS, Zambales, Apr. 10, 2016 – The Carmelite nuns of Zambales have finally settled down in their new home on top of a hill in Barangay Looc, Castillejos town. It was “Ascent of Mount Carmel” made physically real as visitors climbed their way up the monastery overlooking the Zambales mountains. “On behalf of my community, [...]

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Farmers still languishing in Kidapawan jail

Manila, April 9, 2016 – Some 43 farmers are still languishing in Kidapawan City jail as they await indictment for a number of law infringements a week after police dispersed on April 1 farmers’ and indigenous people’s barricade along the national road. According to some reports, as many as 70 farmers are facing charges. Incidentally, [...]

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Tagum bishop marks birthday with 8 deacons’ ordination

TAGUM City, April 8, 2016–On his 75th birthday, Bishop of Tagum Wilfredo Manlapaz ordained eight deacons of the diocese, April 7. In the Catholic Church, the mandatory retirement age of the bishop is 75. But before his retirement, the prelate decided ordain eight deacons who are parishioners of different parishes in the diocese during a [...]

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‘Jubilee church’ designated in Guimaras

JARO, Iloilo City, April 5, 2016 – Now, Guimaras has a Jubilee Church! In response to the petition of the Catholic faithful on the island province of Guimaras, Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, D.D. designated the Parish of St. Isidore the Worker in Navalas, Buenavista, also known as the Navalas Church, as a “pilgrimage church” for [...]

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Church group hits bloody dispersal of farmers’ protest in Kidapawan City

MANILA, April 1, 2016 —The Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR) condemned the brutal dispersal of protesting farmers in Kidanawan City, resulting in one death and the injury of 30 others. Based on news reports, law enforcers sprayed bullets on protesting farmers, who are demanding assistance from the government as their fields and crops were [...]

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JP II institute announces summer program on marriage, family

BACOLOD, March 31, 2016 – For the fifth consecutive year, the John Paul II National Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, will hold the Summer Academic Program for Masters of Education in Marriage and Family beginning on April 11 up to April 30. The subjects that will be offered this summer are: April 11 [...]

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New Malolos priest celebrates 1st Mass

IBA, HAGONOY, Bulacan, March 28, 2016 – One of the Diocese of Malolos’ five newest priests celebrated his Primera Misa Solemne (First Solemn Mass) earlier today at the Parish of San Antonio de Padua in Iba in this town. Fr. Divino Albrin Miranda Cayanan, an adopted son of the parish, presided over his first Eucharistic [...]

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Leyte’s ‘penitentes’ sacrifice for others

PALO, Leyte, March 26, 2016 – For decades now, the hooded penitents called “penitentes tais-dupol” in this historic town lend a palpable vibe of repentance every Holy Week. And they do so for others. On Good Fridays, the penitentes, clad in violet robes for the “dupol” and white for the “tais” with their heads covered [...]

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Prayer not exorcism saved parish during ‘Yolanda’ – priest

PALO, Leyte, March 15, 2016 – Is it possible that an exorcism spared a church from super typhoon Yolanda’s destruction, saving the lives of his parishioners in November 2013? “No way!” exclaimed Fr. Felix Ebacitas, an exorcist in the Archdiocese of Palo, saying it he can credit it to nothing but prayer. He recounted, “The [...]

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JARO, Iloilo City, Mar. 3, 2016– Amidst the ongoing controversy in a parish over unauthorized treasure hunting inside an ancient Catholic cemetery, the archbishop here has appointed a parish administrator to watch over the pastoral care of the faithful. Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo has appointed his Episcopal Vicar and Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Fr. Joenick [...]

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After 64 years, Franciscans rededicate Samar mission to Christ the King

CALBAYOG City, Feb. 26, 2016— In a historic blessing and dedication of a college chapel on Feb. 23, the Franciscan Friars of the Custody of Saint Anthony of Padua Southern Philippines and the community of Christ the King College (CKC) in Calbayog City, Samar, rededicated the entire Franciscan Samar mission to Christ the King. It [...]

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Pangasinan faithful warned vs. ‘deceptive’ sect

MANILA, Feb. 24, 2016— The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has warned against a  a sect offering church services to Catholics in the barangays of the Pangasinan province. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, in a circular issued early last month, admonished his priests about the “deceptive operations” of supposed priests of the Ancient Catholic Church of the [...]

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