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Lavarias to be installed as San Fernando archbishop

MANILA, Oct. 13, 2014— The Archdiocese of Pampanga will welcome a new leader. Bishop Florentino Lavarias, 57, will be officially installed as the fourth archbishop of San Fernando in the city’s metropolitan cathedral on Oct. 27. Thousands of faithful are expected to attend the rite, which symbolically starts with the archbishop-elect entering the front door, [...]

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Pope Francis ‘present’ at National Catechetical Month launch

JARO, Iloilo, Oct. 8, 2014 – The launching of the National Catechetical Month in Iloilo came with a twist with the “presence” of Pope Francis. Before the Holy Mass Jaro Archbishop Angelo N. Lagdameo and priest concelebrants posed for a “groupie shot” with “Pope Francis” at the entrance of he National Shrine of Our Lady [...]

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‘We need more, younger catechists’ – bishop

JARO, Iloilo, Oct. 7, 2014 – A new generation of younger catechists is needed, says a bishop during the launching of the National Catechetical Month with the theme “Ikay kag Ako: LAIKO; Ikaw, Kita, KATEKISTA!” in the Archdiocese of Jaro on Oct. 6. “We need more catechists. We need more and younger catechists!” Jaro Archbishop [...]

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Fatima parishes to hold fundraising ‘devotional concert’

MANILA, Oct. 6, 2014—In what is expected to be the grandest “devotional-concert” of the season, parishes under the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) dedicated to Our Lady of Fátima, are set to bring to the faithful a fund-raising musical extravaganza on on Oct. 23, Thursday, 8 p.m. at the El Shaddai International House of Prayer, Amvel, [...]

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Bacolod hosts 10th Clergy Festival

BACOLOD City, Oct. 3, 2014 — The Diocese of Bacolod hosted the annual Negros – Siquijor Clergy Festival held at the Sacred Heart Seminary Compound, Lizares Ave., Bacolod City on September 2-4. In his opening message, Bacolod Diocese Vicar General, Msgr. Louie Galbines thanked nearly three hundred participating members of the clerfy for their active [...]

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Tagle blesses new seminary building, home for elderly priests in Lipa

MANILA, Oct. 1, 2014— Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ushered in a welcome change in the Archdiocese of Lipa as the local church dedicated the new seminary building to elderly and sick priests, who also received a new home in the compound. Tagle blessed on Sept. 8 the Annex of the St. Joseph Seniorate [...]

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Bohol to ‘revisit’ 2013 quake

TAGBILARAN City, Bohol, September 27, 2014—One year after that fateful October morning that changed Bohol forever, the Diocese of Tagbilaran intends to commemorate, through artistic presentations and contests, the tragedy wrought by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol and nearby Visayan provinces in 2013. Months after the disaster, Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Y. Medroso admitted [...]

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‘Libmanan See’ to mark silver year, patroness set for ‘coronation’

LIBMANAN, Camarines Sur, September 26, 2014—Libmanan Bishop José R. Rojas Jr. invites the faithful to take part in a series of events which will start as early as September 30, Tuesday, in celebration of the silver jubilee of the creation of the See of Libmanan, now Diocese of Libmanan, in Camarines Sur, which will include [...]

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Marian conference set in Davao

DAVAO City, September 26, 2014 — As the Archdiocese of Davao celebrates the Month of the Holy Rosary this October, a Marian conference is set on October 1, together with seminarians, clergy, religious and the laity as participants. With the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Sr. Lucia in Fatima as the theme, “My [...]

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200-year old church closed

PIDDIG, Ilocos Norte, September 23, 2014 – The 200-year old church of Saint Anne Parish in Piddig, Ilocos Norte was closed for public worship after it was deemed “unsafe” after liturgical rite presided over by Laoag Bishop Renato P. Mayugba, DD, on September 14, 2014, Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. According to Fr. [...]

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Bishop: Deepen your ‘fiesta experiences’

NAGA City, September 21, 2014 – In a timely message during the feast of the El Divino Rostro, Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona called on the faithful to “deepen” their experiences of God, especially during the special celebration of the archdiocese. “Deepen your experiences this fiesta, your relationship with the Father, through openness,” he said [...]

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Borongan diocese outs new CD

BORONGAN City, Eastern Samar, September 20, 2014—Fr. Neil Gavan Tenefrancia, who chairs the Committee on Liturgical Music of the Diocese of Borongan, shares with the Waray faithful 15 new liturgical songs he composed collected in a CD titled “Misa Yubileyo: Mga Kanta Ha Santos Nga Misa”.   These songs are: Jubilate Deo, Kyrie (Ginoo, Malooy [...]

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Tagle to lead ‘walk for climate’

MANILA, September 18, 2014— The Archdiocese of Manila is bringing its fight against the climate change to the street. No other than Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle will lead the “Walk for Climate” to bring attention to climate change after the 6:30 a.m. holy mass at the Manila Cathedral on Friday, Sept. 19. According to Peachy [...]

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RCAM holds ‘youth month’

MANILA, September 17, 2014—This September, the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM)’s Archdiocesan Commission on Youth (ACY) invites young people to take part in a series of youth-oriented activities it has prepared in celebration of the Archdiocesan Youth Month 2014 (AYMO). Themed “Brave Saints and Heroes: We Are”, this important annual event which officially kicked off on [...]

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Lipa prelate ‘thankful’ over successful Marian event

LIPA City, Batangas, September 16, 2014—Lipa Archbishop Ramón C. Argüelles expressed his gratitude to the participants of the recently concluded “11th National Days of Prayer and Pilgrimage” held in Lipa City and nearby Batangas towns from September 7 to12. “The Blessed Mother is certainly happy with those who celebrated Her birthday and the Feast of [...]

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25 new chapels to rise in Yolanda-hit areas

MANILA, September 12, 2014—The Catholic Church’s social service arm Caritas Manila spearheads the construction of 25 new multipurpose chapels in parts of Samar and Leyte where typhoon Yolanda unleashed her ferocity, killing thousands of people and wrecking whole towns and villages. Caritas Manila director Fr. Anton Pascual shares each chapel, which measures a minimum of [...]

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