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Church advocate for women’s rights dies

Dr. Zenaida Rotea speaks after receiving her Holy Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice medal at the Sta. Maria Goretti Parish Church in Manila on July 9, 2012. (CBCPNews Photo) MANILA, Feb. 28, 2017— Dr. Zenaida Rotea, a leading figure in the Catholic Church’s ministry for women, has passed away on Sunday. She was 88. The former executive secretary of the CBCP Office on Women died after suffering a stroke at the Cardinal Santos Hospital

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Faithful challenged: ‘Open parishes to poor’

The 2017 ECFL National Conference officially opens on Feb. 16 with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Sto. Niño Cathedral in Pagadian City, presided over by Pagadian Bishop Emmanuel Cabajar and concelebrated by Lipa Archbishop-elect Gilbert Garcera with more than 30 priests from all over the Philippines. Some 200 convention delegates attended the annual event. (Photo: Ansel Beluso) PAGADIAN City, Feb. 28, 2017 – Drawing inspiration

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Duterte told: ‘Discipline out of love not anger’

TACLOBAN City, Feb. 28, 2017 – Comparing the country to a family, a priest stressed that even the discipline of righting wrongs, as in the case of the Duterte administration’s crackdown on illegal drugs, should be done “out of love not anger.â€� “Like in a family, children could not be disciplined by corporal punishment and shouting at them but through love, forgiveness, patience, understanding and humility, and above

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Iloilo students at ‘Caravan for Life’ call for love not violence

Iloilo students show their rejection of the “culture of death� by joining the “Caravan for Life� on Feb. 24, 2017 in Iloilo City. (Photo: John Belle Agramon) JARO, Iloilo City, Feb. 28, 2017 – “As children of God, our mission is to be persons for and with others; this means love and compassion, not violence and vengeance, truth and honesty, not lies and decadence!� These were the words Chelsea Lagon,

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Laity told: Talk to lawmakers about death penalty

TACLOBAN City, Feb. 28, 2017 – As the country continues to be polarized by national issues, a local priest deemed it necessary for the laity to be “conscienticized and to be pro-active rather than reactive�, particularly by approaching their lawmakers to let them know their anti-death penalty sentiments. Fr. Erby Davy Lajara, parish priest of San Jose Parish in this city and spiritual director of the Council of Laity of the Archdiocese

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Parishes mourn death of oldest priest

Fr. Ivo Velasquez with Msgr. Adan Apostol (seated) (Photo: Fr. Ivo Velasquez) TACLOBAN City, Feb. 27, 2017 – Palo Diocese’s oldest priest passed away on Feb. 24 at the age of 92, leaving wonderful memories among clerics here. Parishes, mourning his death, included his eternal rest in Mass intentions such as at the Sto. Niño Parish in this city. Msgr. Adan Apostol, who hailed from the distant southern Leyte town of Burauen, died of

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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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