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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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Old pastoral letter cites ‘death squad’ existence in Davao

Fr. Amado Picardal MANILA, Feb. 21, 2017— While Malacañang denied there’s such a “death squad� in Davao city, a church document issued more than 15 years ago cited the existence of the group that carried out secret killings of suspected criminals. As early as November 2001, the Archdiocese of Davao wrote a pastoral letter,“Thou Shall Not Kill,� in expressing alarm over the spate of extrajudicial killings

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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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Cordillera IPs join walk against killings, death penalty

Bishop Valentin Dimoc (extreme right) speaks during the Walk for Life at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Feb. 18, 2017. (CBCPNews) MANILA, Feb. 19, 2017— Indigenous peoples from the Mountain Province and Ifugao province  came down from the mountains to be in solidarity with the thousands of lay people who joined yesterday’s “Walk for Life” in Manila. Some of them wear their traditional garb and performed a traditional

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Walk for Life draws thousands in Manila

Organizers say around 20,000 people attended the Walk for Life at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Feb. 18, 2017. (CBCPNews) MANILA, Feb. 18, 2017–Catholics and other Christian groups converged at the nation’s capital for a prayer rally at pre-dawn Saturday. With the nation reeling from widespread drug-related violence, speakers at Walk for Life spoke of the challenges Filipinos are facing. Mrs. Zenaida Capistrano, president of the

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Priest: More than preaching, reach out to others

ILOILO City, Feb. 18, 2017 – The 24th CFC – Singles for Christ International Conference (SFC ICON) opened on Feb. 17, Friday, with a message on discipleship that exhorted thousands of singles to not just preach but to reach out to others. 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: Nirva

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SFC shows solidarity with Walk for Life in Manila

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 17, 2017– The world’s biggest gathering of Singles for Christ (SFC) opened on Friday with a Mass in solidarity with the Walk for Life in Manila. More than 5,400 participants from at least 21 countries are currently gathered in Iloilo City for this year’s SFC International Conference. In his homily, Fr. Randy Doromal of the Jaro Archdiocesan Commission on Family and Life deplored a growing and widespread “culture

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Killings must end now, says CBCP head

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President MANILA, Feb. 17, 2017— A ranking Catholic prelate has again asked for an end to drug-related violence in the country that has seen more than 7,600 killed since July. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President, said summary executions must stop immediately because no civilized country can let such illegal acts to go on unabated. “They (criminals) ought to be judged by the

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