Monthly Archives: February 2013

Parañaque youth to conduct leaders’ conference

MANILA, Feb. 28, 2013—The Diocesan Commission on Youth of Paranaque will hold a leaders’ conference for youth commission leaders’ focusing on ministering the youth. Around a hundred youth leaders from 52 parishes in the diocese are expected to attend the DCOY Shepherd’s Conference themed “Uniting Around Christ’s Redeeming Cross,” on March 9.  According to Peter Pardo, diocesan youth coordinator, the annual leaders’ conference is

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Choose candidates wisely, life advocates urge laity

MANILA, Feb. 28, 2013 – As the celebration of Pro-life Month comes to a close, a pro-life stalwart and a priest called on the lay people to be more stringent in choosing candidates to vote for in the nearing midterm elections, saying that the foremost issues faced by the country are brought by the “wrong choices on who runs the government and who makes laws.” Dr. Ligaya Acosta, Human Life International (HLI) regional director for Asia and Oceania,

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WYD organizers issue ‘lectio divina’ for delegates

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Feb. 28, 2013—Organizers of the upcoming World Youth Day (WYD) have released “Lectio Divina” (translated as “Divine Readings”) for delegates to study as part of their preparation for the global youth gathering. Printable handouts on meditation are accessible through the portal http://www.rio2013.com/en/get-ready under the “Lectio Divina” page. At least two handouts themed “The Master who loves you” and “The

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‘For better, but not for worse’: Why we don’t need divorce

ANTIPOLO City, Feb. 27, 2013—Every bride and groom would probably cringe at the words, but if divorce is to be legalized in the Philippines, wedding day vows might as well be downgraded to befit a truly conditional contract, Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan, said. “There’s [declaration of] nullity, there’s annulment, legal separation, then you still want to add divorce, why marry in the first place?” he

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SSVP community condemns Ati leader killing

MANILA, Feb. 27, 2013—The religious family of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) in the Philippines has added its voice denouncing the killing of Boracay Ati leader Dexter Condez. Condez, who spoke for the Atis in their fight to reclaim their ancestral lands, was also the youth conference president of the SSVP in the area. Karl Michael Hila, the director for youth development of SSVP-National Council of the Philippines said in an interview

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Bishop to laity: ‘Name your candidates!’

Bishop Emeritus Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr. ANTIPOLO City, Feb. 27, 2013—A Catholic prelate urged lay people to participate actively in politics and work for the renewal of the country’s political system. Straight up and without batting an eyelash, Auxiliary Manila Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr. said, if bishops cannot endorse candidates, then lay Catholics — by all means — should. Naming names “Can you name names? Yes!” Bp. Bacani, the

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RH law challenges Church to intensify evangelization

ANTIPOLO City, Feb. 26, 2013—Even if the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law signals a “crisis of faith”, it also presents an opportunity for evangelization for the Church, a Catholic priest said. Fr. Roque Villanueva discussed how the RH Law signals both a "crisis of faith" and an opportunity for evangelization. Fr. Roque Villanueva, one of the speakers of the 4th Episcopal Commission on Family Life National Conference

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World Singles’ Congress speak about Faith

MANILA, Feb. 26, 2013—More than a thousand members of a Catholic lay organization are expected to gather in a world congress slated on March 1 to 3, at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center in Subic, Zambales. Organized by the CFC-Singles for Family and Life (SFL), the World Singles Congress 2013 will speak about Faith in line with the celebration of the Year of Faith by the Catholic Church. Themed “Faith Works Wonders”, the three-day

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Fil-Brit singer chosen to perform WYD English anthem

LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb. 26, 2013—Filipino-British singer Cherie Anderson and her band “Ooberfuse” were the ones who translated the World Youth Day (WYD) anthem to English and will perform it live in Brazil during the youth gathering on July. According to news reports, vocalist Anderson, keyboardist Hal St. John, and guitarist Nico Cox translated together “Hope of the Dawn” from the original Portuguese composition “Esperanca do Amanhecer.”

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Bishop seeks justice for killed Ati leader

MANILA, Feb. 25, 2013—A Catholic bishop has denounced the killing of a tribal leader in Boracay and urged government to act swiftly and bring perpetrators to justice. Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples and Tuguegarao Archbishop Sergio L. Utleg denounced the killing of Dexter Condez, 26, and urged that justice be given on the slain Ati leader.  “We condemn in the strongest possible manner this brutal killing and we are

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