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Nominees sought for 11th Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards

MANILA, Feb. 25, 2017 – Nominations to the 11th Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards are open until May 31, 2017. To be considered, entries must be books authored by a local (Philippine-based) Catholic writer and published by a local Catholic publisher, printed from June 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Entries must be published for the first time during this period. Previous entries cannot be nominated again. Compiled or edited books will not be accepted.

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Friday is ‘free wedding’ day at this parish

The Parish of San Pedro Bautista, Old Moriones, Ocampo offers weddings for indigent couples every Friday. (Photo: Fr. Eric Bobis) OCAMPO, Camarines Sur, Feb. 24, 2017 – A parish in Old Moriones, Ocampo holds a regular wedding schedule for those who wish to have their union blessed as a sacrament even if they are strapped for cash. Parish priest Fr. Emmanuel Mojica thought of doing this so simple folks can avail of the Sacrament of Marriage

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Archbishop Soc decries ‘rape’ of EDSA spirit

Cardinal Jaime Sin (File photo) MANILA, Feb. 23, 2017— Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has decried the “rape� of EDSA People Power with the “four glorious days of February 1986 now dimmed�. Amid the “relentless killings of the poor in the name of change�, he said “the glory now flickers in the darkness of fear and terror again�. As the number of suspected drug users and pushers

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5 online challenges vs ‘culture of life’

“Prayer Rally for Life” held in Bacolod on Dec. 12, 2016 to uphold the sanctity of human life to face the threats of the “death penalty”, EJK, and the RH Law (Photo: Fr. Ronald Quijano) BACOLOD, Feb. 23, 2017 – Amid the groundswell of public sentiment against the “culture of deathâ€� and as provinces organize prayer rallies to uphold the sanctity of human life, there is a need to champion life everywhere,

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Duterte told: Reveal your bank records

President Rodrigo Duterte MANILA, Feb. 23, 2017 – President Rodrigo R. Duterte should accept the challenge to reveal his bank account history amid allegations that he has billions of pesos in the bank, a Franciscan brother said. According to Br. Angel Ace Cortez, the president should disclose his bank transactions in the spirit of transparency and to prove his innocence. “If he (Duterte) is really aiming for real change, he should let

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‘Church reminds us about what we value’

ILOILO City, Feb. 23, 2017 – Amid issues like extrajudicial killings and the proposed reimposition of the death penalty, movements like CFC- Singles for Christ rally behind the Church hierarchy’s call to counter the culture of death. Some 5,000 singles from all over the world converged at the Western State University in this city from Feb. 17 to 19 for the 24th CFC – Singles for Christ International Conference. (Photo: SFC Global)

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Over 50-year old Palo Cross faces destruction

PALO, Leyte, Feb. 22, 2017 – The cross, found on top of Guinhangdan Hill, more popularly known as “Hill 522�, in this town is facing destruction with the present plans of the Palo municipal government to demolish the large, white cross and replace it with a similar structure worth millions of government funds. The Cross at Guinhangdan Hill in the town of Palo in Leyte province is a favorite pilgrimage site during Holy Week. Thousands

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Prelate praises mothers, stresses sacredness of life

TACLOBAN City, Feb. 22, 2017 – Praising mothers, Palo Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du urged on Sunday members of the Archdiocesan Federation of Medalla Milagrosa to go out and rally for the sanctity of life. The Dumaguete-native prelate expounded on a mother’s important role in nurturing life in the wombs for nine months but which, in these days, has become “cheap.” Palo Archbishop John Du Du said mothers, who care for their

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If passed, groups to question constitutionality of death penalty

Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the CBCP Commission on Prison Pastoral Care MANILA, Feb. 21, 2017— Anti-death penalty advocates aren’t giving up easily if the controversial measure gets passed into law. Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the CBCP Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, on Monday said the Supreme Court will surely be their next battle ground. “We will go to the Supreme Court. We will exhaust all these

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Let God work in you, then you can work for Him

Some 5,000 singles from all over the world gather at the Western Visayas State University from Feb. 17 to 19, 2017 for the 24th CFC – Singles for Christ International Conference. (Photo: Jionel Tiamzon) ILOILO City, Feb. 19, 2017 – For those who have an image of God as a bearded, heavenly boss counting every good deed we do, a priest had this to say: God isn’t interested in what you “do for Himâ€� as He is interested

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