Monthly Archives: March 2013

Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Message on Easter 2013

Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter!  What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ is risen! I would like it to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in hospitals, in prisons … Most of all, I would like it to enter every heart, for it is there that God wants to sow this Good News: Jesus is risen, there is hope for you, you are no longer in the power

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Open life to Christ, Tagle urges faithful

MANILA, March 31, 2013—Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Sunday urged the faithful to open up their lives to the Lord and live a renewed life that centers on shunning old and evil ways. This was the call he made as the laity expressed jubilation on Easter Sunday, celebrating the culmination of Christ’s suffering and death through his resurrection into the Divine life. In his homily during the Easter Sunday mass held at the Minor

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‘Our faith is not just for Good Friday’

  Holding lighted candles while being sprinkled with holy water, Catholics renew their baptismal vows during the Easter vigil mass. ANTIPOLO City, March 31, 2013—As millions of Catholics celebrated the Easter vigil mass, a priest reminded the faithful that Catholics’ faith should go beyond the Passion of Good Friday and extend to the overpowering confidence and triumph of Jesus on Easter Sunday.  “ Ang lungkot kasi ang panampalataya

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Easter’s message of hope helps us face trials, bishops say

MANILA, March 31, 2013— Easter’s message of hope could help the faithful face life’s challenges, Catholic Church leaders said. Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said that turning to God is the most creative approach to problem solving ever imagined. “It is time to look to God, the giver of life. Let us welcome the action of God who once raised a crucified Nazarean to life and made Him our hope, our Lord,” Tagle said in his Easter message. When

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OFWs urged to proclaim faith in their lives

MANILA, March 30, 2013—With their ubiquitous presence in almost every corner of the world, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can be effective evangelizers of the word if they lived faithfully the Catholic tenets, a Catholic prelate said.  San Fernando, Pampanga Archbishop Paciano B. Aniceto called on overseas Filipino workers to “deepen, live and proclaim the faith in a highly secularized world.”  Archbishop Paciano Aniceto Noting that Filipinos

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Bishop cites culture’s role in Pinoys’ practice of folk religiosity

MANILA, March 29, 2013—Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of San Fernando, Pampanga said the Filipinos’ deep sense of the sacred plays a big role in their practice of folk religiosity that on some occasions border at fanaticism.  A penitent flagellates himself on Good Friday. (Photo by Roy Lagarde)   He was referring to the practice of flagellation and crucifixion which penitents undergo on Good Friday in Barangay Cutud in San Fernando,

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Oil of anointing should overflow to people, pope says

  (Photo grabbed from Vatican Radio's Facebook page) MANILA, March 28, 2013—The oil of anointing a priest received on his ordination should overflow to the people whom he is sent to serve and love, Pope Francis said.  More than simply lending fragrance to the person, the oil that a priest is anointed with on his ordination is meant for the poor, prisoners and the sick, for those who are sorrowing and alone, said the Holy Father in his

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Salesian youth stage ‘bulilit’ way of the cross

MAKATI City, March 29, 2013—Teenage elementary and high school students in Barangay Pio del Pilar staged a moving reenactment of Jesus’ Way of the Cross, enticing young and adults alike to reminisce and to reflect on the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.  The “Bulilit” Way of the Cross turned into a late-morning procession where the young actors and the spectators walk from one station to another, starting from the San Ildefonso

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Bishop urges priests to live simply, humbly

MANILA, March 28, 2013—The clergy would be more effective ministers to their flocks if their lives are lived with greater humility and simplicity, a Catholic bishop said. The Church has been hurt a lot because of some priests’ arrogance and lifestyle that contrasts with their calling as ministers of Christ, Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan said on Holy Thursday during a Chrism Mass celebrated at St. John Evangelist Cathedral.

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Homily of Pope Francis at the Mass of the Chrism

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This morning I have the joy of celebrating my first Chrism Mass as the Bishop of Rome. I greet all of you with affection, especially you, dear priests, who, like myself, today recall the day of your ordination. The readings of our Mass speak of the “anointed ones”: the suffering Servant of Isaiah, King David and Jesus our Lord. All three have this in common: the anointing that they receive is meant in turn to anoint

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