Monthly Archives: June 2013

Lay empowerment urged through involvement in social, spiritual initiatives

MANILA, June 30, 2013—A Catholic priest and a lay community on Saturday urged the faithful to strengthen their involvement in various lay and church initiatives to heed the call of the church for renewed evangelization. Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP-NASSA), said that lay initiatives done in the name of social

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Lay community promotes peace, diversity through obstacle run

MANILA, June 30, 2013—In an attempt to support the ongoing peace process in Mindanao, a lay community organized an obstacle run to promote peace and diversity among Filipinos amid the decades-old Muslim insurgency in the south. Community Sant’Egidio, a public lay organization within the Catholic Church, organized an obstacle run dubbed as “Manila in a Pace for Peace: Fit for Life” at the Quirino Grandstand on Saturday to promote lasting peace

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Provide basic needs to settle Muslim insurgency, gov’t leaders told

Fr. Edwin Gariguez MANILA, June 30, 2013—Providing the basic needs demanded by rebel groups is the first step in solving the decades-old Muslim insurgency in the country, a Catholic priest said on Saturday amid the slow-paced peace negotiations happening between the government and Muslim secessionist groups. Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference

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‘Inner peace’ helps pope cope with new responsibilities

MANILA, June 30, 2013— Pope Francis admits that inner peace is helping him cope with the tough job as head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. Three months after assuming as Bishop of Rome, the pope said it is the inner peace that consoles him despite the “magnitude of responsibility” that he is facing. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle shared this story about the pontiff in his homily during the Pope’s Day Mass at the San

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Palma to elected officials: Serve the people

Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP President MANILA, June 30, 2013— The head of the Catholic bishops’ leadership has challenged newly-assumed government leaders to set aside political differences and work together for development. Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said that a strong message should go to the people that public officials are there to serve. “It’s not enough to thank the people

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CBCP head, 4 bishops to join 310 Pinoy WYD delegates

Some Filipino delegates wait for the arrival of Pope Benedict at Cuatro Vientos Airport during the 2011 World Youth Day celebration in Madrid. (Photo: CNA) MANILA, July 29, 2013—No less than Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma will be joining Filipino pilgrims to the upcoming World Youth Day (WYD), which is scheduled to take place in Brazil in two weeks time. According to the Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY), the incumbent CBCP president will accompany

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US bishops: court ruling cannot change essence of marriage

WASHINGTON D.C., June 28, 2013–In the wake of the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8, the bishops of the U.S. are calling on the faithful to work to strengthen marriage and witness to its true meaning. “While the culture has failed in many ways to be marriage-strengthening, this is no reason to give up. Now is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Archbishop Salvatore

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Cardinal bars dissident priest from speaking on Archdiocesan property

BOSTON, Mass., June 27, 2013–The Archdiocese of Boston verified that an Austrian priest will not be allowed to speak on archdiocesan property during a stop on his U.S. speaking tour due to his dissenting views on Catholic teaching. “It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston, and the generally accepted practice in dioceses across the country, not to permit individuals to conduct speaking engagements in Catholic parishes or at Church events

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Knights of Columbus announce record-breaking charitable giving

NEW HAVEN, Conn., June 27, 2013–The results of the annual charitable giving survey shows that the Knights of Columbus completed more volunteer service hours and given more in donations than ever before in the organization’s history. “Throughout its 131 years, the Knights of Columbus has always practiced charity as its first principle,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in a June 24 statement. During the 2012 calendar year, Knights

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Work, decent wages give people dignity, help families, says bishop

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013–On the 75th anniversary of the creation of a federal minimum wage, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., addressed a Senate hearing June 25 about the importance of fair wages and the dignity of work. He said, “The new bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, recently remarked that work ‘fills us with dignity (and) makes us similar to God, who has worked and still works, who always acts; it gives one the ability

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