Monthly Archives: April 2013

Nominations open for ‘Martyr of Press Freedom’ Award

MANILA, April 29, 2013— It’s days to go before the closing date for nominees deserving to receive the “martyr of press freedom” award. Organizers said nominations for the 2013 Titus Brandsma Award Philippines must be submitted on or before May 15. Specifically, the Titus Brandsma Media Center (TBMC) is looking for individuals or groups worthy of the honors in the categories of press freedom, leadership in journalism, leadership in community

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Nominations open for ‘Martyr of Press Freedom’ Award

MANILA, April 29, 2013— It’s days to go before the closing date for nominees deserving to receive the “martyr of press freedom” award Organizers said nominations for the 2013 Titus Brandsma Award Philippines must be submitted on or before May 15.  Specifically, the Titus Brandsma Media Center (TBMC) is looking for individuals or groups worthy of the honors in the categories of press freedom, leadership in journalism, leadership in community

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Church group re-launches ‘gabay halalan’ facility for May polls

MANILA, April 29, 2013—A Church group has re-launched a project that would aid voters in the upcoming May elections.  Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), an organization founded by the Jesuits has re-launched “Gabay Halalan” — a text and call center facility to provide electorates relevant and unbiased information for the coming May polls.  The project, which began operating last April 22, provides voters with basic services such as a precinct

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Vincentians turn over 50 houses to Typhoon Sendong victims

MANILA, April 29, 2013—The Vincentian family in the Philippines is set to turn over some housing units to survivors of Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City this coming May 4.  Recognizing the plight of the survivors of urban poor communities in affected areas in Mindanao, particularly in Cagayan de Oro City, the St. Vincent de Paul-Philippines is implementing “post-disaster interventions, land accessibility, shelter delivery, community development,

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Bishop backs wage increase to help the lowest paid

MANILA, April 29, 2013— The government should increase minimum wages to help narrow the gap between the rich and the poor, a Catholic bishop said.  Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the country’s growing economy is useless if the ordinary Filipinos do not feel it.  The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ social action arm said that a wage hike is necessary for the people to cope with rising costs of

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Comelec chief chided for encouraging voters to accept money

MANILA, April 28, 2013—Accepting money from a politician, even if the receiver does not vote for him will still constitute a bribe and vote buying, a Church-based election group said.  Dilaab Foundation’s Circles of Discernment for Empowerment slammed Comelec Chief Sixto Brillantes for apparently encouraging voters to accept money given them by politicians as long as they don’t vote for the giver.  Brillantes’ pronouncement that goes: “Accept

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April 29, 2013 – JN 14:21-26

Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Lectionary: 285 Reading 1ACTS 14:5-18 There was an attempt in Iconium by both the Gentiles and the Jews, together with their leaders, to attack and stone Paul and Barnabas. They realized it, and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding countryside, where they continued to proclaim the Good News. At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth,

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Tagle to laity: Be active evangelizers of the Gospel

MANILA, April 27, 2013— With only a few weeks left before the country’s midterm elections, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminded the faithful to be active and honest evangelizers of the Gospel and make governance and the exercise of democracy in the country bear the message of Christ. In his talk at the Katolikong Pinoy recollection held at the San Carlos Seminary Layforce chapel last Saturday, he noted the importance of living

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Legazpi diocese, Carmel youth to hold joint summer camp

LEGAZPI City, April 27, 2013—The Diocese of Legazpi’s Commission on Youth has teamed up with the Carmelite Youth of the Philippines in Ligao City to renew the faith of the young people through a joint summer youth camp early next month.  Initially meant as a diocesan youth event, organizers opted for a joint activity on learning that the Carmelite youth are also organizing their 4th Carmel Youth Gathering.  It is hoped that at the end of the

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Pasig organizes cycling activity for CHAMP elections

PASIG City, April 26, 2013—To ensure a Clean, Honest, Accountable, Meaningful and Peaceful (CHAMP) midterm poll, the diocese of Pasig initiated a diocesan event to remind the faithful to vote wisely in the forthcoming election.  Titled “Bike for CHAMP 2013 Election,” the event will also be a voters’ education campaign on the road carrying the slogan “I Choose God, I Vote Good!” Slated on May 1, the cycling event will start at 5 a.m.

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