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Vigan seminarians to stage musical drama on WWII priest

VIGAN City, Ilocos Sur, Dec. 2, 2014 – The seminarians of Immaculate Conception School of Theology (ICST) will be staging a musical docu-drama on Dec. 7 to 9 on the life of Fr. Josef Klekamp, a missionary priest who helped save Vigan from World War II carpet bombing. Entitled “Damili”, an Ilocano word that connotes [...]

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Palo arcbishop calls on parishes to feed poor

TACLOBAN City, Dec. 2, 2014 — As the Archdiocese of Palo ushers in the Year of the Poor, Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du, DD called on all parishioners to feed the poor, especially on Sundays with him donating Php 1 million to be shared among the 78 parishes in the archdiocese to jump start the undertaking. [...]

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Bacolod honors lay leaders for ‘selfless service’

ILOILO City, Dec. 1, 2014 — In a fitting end to the Year of the Laity, the Diocese of Bacolod honored 15 laymen and laywomen for their “commitment and selfless service to the Church” on Nov. 29 during a concelebrated 9: a.m. Mass at the San Sebastian Cathedral. ‘Selfless service’ Following a period of deliberation [...]

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Iloilo youth organize pre-papal visit ‘prayer-concert’

ILOILO City, Dec. 1, 2014 — In support of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) call for spiritual preparation before the pope’s apostolic visit to the Philippines, the youth of the Archdiocese of Jaro is organizing a free recollection in the form of a prayer-concert on Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Jaro [...]

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Bicol Congress of Laity to convene

LEGAZPI City, Albay, Nov. 27, 2014 — Hundreds of lay people, religious, and clergy will convene at the Bicol Congress of Laity to culminate the Year of the Laity on Nov. 28 to 29 at the St. Agnes Academy Gymnasium. Aside from paving the way for the Year of the Poor, the gathering will seek [...]

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1k+ catechists at Jaro National Catechetical Month culmination

JARO, Iloilo, Nov. 19, 2014 — Some 1,443 committed catechists from fourteen vicariates of the Archdiocese of Jaro came in full force for the culmination of the National Catechetical Month on Nov. 8, 2014 at the Jaro Plaza Covered Gym. The National Catechetical Month celebration, themed “Ikaw kag ako, Laiko. Ikaw, ako, kita: Katekista” closed [...]

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Musical on 1st Ilocano bishop held

VIGAN City, Nov. 17, 2014 – A musical on the first Ilocano Bishop was shown on Nov. 14 at the Vigan Convention Center in Nueva Segovia. The musical entitled “Ang Pasyonni Obispo Alfredo Verzosa ng Nueva Segovia at Lipa,” is about the life and virtues of Bishop Alfredo Versoza, the first Ilocano Bishop whose cause [...]

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‘Grow in courage, hope’ – Borongan bishop

BORONGAN, Samar, Nov. 11, 2014 — Hope. Courage. According to the Bishop of Borongan, these two virtues mean a lot to typhoonYolanda survivors, especially in light of the first anniversary of the natural calamity on Nov. 8. “Let us grow in being resilient Christians by growing in our courage to hope,” said Borongan Bishop Crispin [...]

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‘Tell God you want to be a saint’ – prelate to faithful

NAGA City, Nov. 6, 2014 – “Ask and it will be given to you” is a well-known Bible that also apparently applies to pursuing everyday holiness. According to a prelate, the faithful should be more vocal to God about their desire for sainthood. “Man is invited to become a saint; but God wants him to [...]

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Yolanda Year 1: Church activities to honor dead, survivors, benefactors

BORONGAN City, Eastern Samar, Nov. 2, 2014—To mark super typhoon Yolanda’s first year anniversary, the Diocese of Borongan has a host of activities lined up. Themed “The Challenge of Yolanda: the Courage to Hope,” these activities aim to commemorate, not only the thousands who have fallen, but to celebrate the thousands more who survived the [...]

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Borongan diocese outs ‘Yolanda’ program report

BORONGAN, Eastern Samar, Nov. 2, 2014—Almost a year after Yolanda, the Diocese of Borongan, headed by Bishop Crispin Varquez, recently released a progress report on its two-phase program for Yolanda-affected communities. According to the Diocese’s Commission on Social Action, Justice, and Peace (DCSA-JP), the first phase of the program involved emergency response, and was implemented [...]

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Heroes, not villains, highlighted in Halloween fest

BACOLOD City, Oct. 31, 2014 — In response to the Year of the Laity’s exhortation “Filipino Catholic Laity: Called to be Saints … Sent Forth as Heroes”, the San Sebastián Cathedral Parish of Bacolod celebrate a “Parade of Saints” on Oct. 31, 2014 at 5 p.m. “It is observable in recent years that these ‘evil’ [...]

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Prelate calls for ‘unity’ among lay groups

DAVAO City, Oct. 31, 2014— Like a band of different musical instruments playing in harmony. In a similar way, lay organizations, are called to unity and mutual support, says a prelate. “This convention is important not to show off that we are better than the other. We need one another. We need to encourage one [...]

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Cubao volunteers visit Bilibid

MUNTINLUPA City, Oct. 26, 2014 — Youth ministry members and lay leaders from the Diocese of Cubao, together with some volunteers of the Philippine Jesuit Prison Service (PJPS) Foundation, Inc., shared their message of love and hope to inmates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Calling the outreach “an encounter [...]

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Baclaran event to benefit OFWs, kin

PARAÑAQUE City, Oct. 26, 2014—All interested Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)—retired, returnees, and current—as well as their families, are invited to a free event to be held right after the OFW Mass on Oct. 31, Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Grogan Hall, 2nd floor of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help [...]

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Mercy, compassion highlighted in St. John Paul II feast

BACOLOD City, Oct. 22, 2014 –The Diocese of Bacolod’s first feast day celebration of St. John Paul II, a man of mercy and compassion himself, will highlight these twin values with a feeding program and a Holy Mass today, Oct. 22. In line with the theme of the forthcoming visit of Pope Francis to the [...]

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