Monthly Archives: May 2013

Poll watchdog: ‘Conspiracy’ is between Comelec and Smartmatic

MANILA, May 20, 2013— A multisectoral group said it is not the supposed conspiracy between poll watchdogs that is the problem but the alleged “conspiracy between the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic in undermining the elections using taxpayer’s money.”  Convenors of the Kontra Daya, composed of the clergy, teachers, information technology experts, and activists was reacting to Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes’ warning that he would

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Gov’t urged to protect OFWs in Taiwan

MANILA, May 20, 2013— A Catholic bishop urged the Aquino administration to ensure the protection of Filipino workers amid reports of anger by some Taiwanese nationals over the killing of their compatriot in disputed waters.  Maasin Bishop Precioso Cantillas said the welfare of the Filipinos in Taiwan should be given attention before tensions further escalate.  “The government has the duty to protect its citizens from possible harm,” said

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Bishop reminds new mayor to implement 8-point governance agenda

CAGAYAN DE ORO City, May 20, 2013—Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma during a Mass on Friday reminded Mayor-elect Oscar “Oca” S. Moreno and the city councilors-elect of the eight-point governance agenda that they should implement starting on their first day in office, June 30.  These are (1) water system improvements; (2) health program for the poor; (3) increased budget allotment for the city hospital; (4) city peace and order); (5) environmental

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Priest to laity: Let the Holy Spirit come into your hearts

Fr. Lucio Rosaroso tells faithful to allow themselves become instruments of the Holy Spirit in evangelizing the world. MANILA, May 18, 2013—As the Church celebrates the solemnity of Pentecost Sunday, a Catholic priest called on the faithful to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in building the kingdom of God.  Rev. Fr. Lucio Rosaroso, also a police superintendent in the Philippine National Police, urged the laity to continuously help the Church

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Cubao WYD pilgrims to visit Basilica of the Our Lady of Aparecida

National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida, Sao Paolo, Brazil. (www.wikipedia.org) QUEZON City, May 17, 2013—Pilgrims from the Cubao-Philippines official delegation are set to visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Our Lady of Aparecida as part of their Missionary Week for the World Youth Day (WYD) pre-proper celebration.  Together with the Augustinians of the Assumption, the pilgrims will visit the Basilica on July 20, 2013, three

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Antipolo holds sports fest for social growth, youth fellowship

ANTIPOLO City, May 17, 2013—The Commission on Youth of the diocese of Antipolo held a Diocesan Youth Sports Fest aimed to help young people strengthen their relationship with fellow youth.  Themed “Youth. Life. Celebration. Rio,” the event was held last May 11 at the Sto. Niño de Praga Parish.  Almost 500 young people in the diocese joined the series of activities that involved street dancing competition and different types of games during

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Bishop ‘proud’ of youth poll volunteers

MANILA, May 17, 2013—As the unofficial parallel count approaches its last leg, a bishop gives them a figurative pat on the back, admitting he is proud of their hard work and selfless service.  “Congratulations to all youth volunteers! May they remain firm in their faith, faithful to their ideals and courageous in their witness before others and in the world,” Chairman of Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) Bishop Joel Baylon said.  Baylon,

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Consecration’s goal is renewed faith in Jesus through Mary—Church officials

MANILA, May 16, 2013—Weeks before the National Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, two Church officials expressed the need for all people to be sanctified to Jesus through His Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Msgr. Joselito Asis, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said the consecration, which shall be renewed every year will help in the personal conversion of every individual.  “We

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Environmental group hits gov’t agency for allowing Surigao’s old mines to operate

MANILA, May 16, 2013—An environmental group questioned the issuance of permit for unstable old mines to operate in Surigao del Norte by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) over this week.  The Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) together with their international partners quizzed MGB’s decision to allow the Siana Mines operation to continue in Surigao del Norte despite historical reports of mine flooding and underground fire.  “The group is also wary

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Consecration ‘solution’ to social ills – theologian

MAKATI City, May 16, 2013 – What sounds like mere magical thinking is actually theologically sound – and possible. A national consecration will be a huge part of the solution to address social threats like the exploitation of women and children, abortion, divorce and drug abuse, among others, says a Filipino theologian. “Consecration is one way [to address them], it’s not the only thing, but it’s part of it,” said Fr. Catalino Arevalo,

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