Monthly Archives: July 2013

New Augustinian school rises in Mati

MANILA, July 31, 2013— The Augustinians’ apostolic activity on education got a shot in the arm following the creation of their newest academic portal in Mati, Davao Oriental. The Collegio San Agustin-Mati (CSA-Mati) was formally opened last month with the offering of the kinder levels (playgroups and nursery). The event was graced by Mati Bishop Patricio Alo along with a number of Augustinian Friars headed by their Father Provincial Eusebio Berdon,

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Choosing to Be Poor and Being Happy With Poverty

An Exegetical Reflection on the Gospel of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Luke 12:13-21, August 4, 2013   By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD   HOW IS MAN’S WORTH determined?  What makes a person important?  In a secular society like ours, the popular gauge by which we measure a person’s worth is usually in [...]

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New Augustinian school rises in Mati

MANILA, July 31, 2013— The Augustinians’ apostolic activity on education got a shot in the arm following the creation of their newest academic portal in Mati, Davao Oriental. The Collegio San Agustin-Mati (CSA-Mati) was formally opened last month with the offering of the kinder levels (playgroups and nursery). The event was graced by Mati Bishop [...]

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PPCRV wants poll registration period extended

MANILA, July 31, 2013— A Catholic Church-backed poll watchdog has called for an extension of the voter registration period in order to ensure eligible Filipinos are registered to vote for the October polls. PPCRV chairperson Henrietta de Villa said they received reports that still many potential voters failed to register for the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. “Maybe there is a need to extend it because a lot of people

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Youth org to hold chastity and prolife conference

MANILA, July 31, 2013— A student organization from the University of Asia and the Pacific will hold a chastity and pro-life conference titled “Real Love Revolution 2013” at the Philippine International Convention Center Plenary Hall in Pasay City on September 7, 2013. Catalyst, the university’s outreach, advocacy and leadership organization, has invited Jason and Crystalina Evert, two powerful speakers on prolife issues to speak during the

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House members form ‘coalition for life’

MANILA, July 31, 2013 —Members of the House of Representatives headed by Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and Buhay Party-list representative Lito Atienza, most of whom coming from the ‘independent bloc’, announced in a press conference at the Batasan they are forming a ‘Coalition for Life’ aimed at advancing the pro-life advocacy. “What binds us together now is the bloc we have formed,” former Manila mayor Lito Atienza said. “We

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Bishop urges legislators anew: suspend ‘pork barrel’

MANILA, July 31, 2013—A day after incoming CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas called on the public to avoid soliciting from politicians, another bishop reiterated his earlier call to legislators to scrap the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) also known as ‘pork barrel’. Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz seconded Villegas’ call explaining that there are senators and congressmen who support certain projects

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Returning to Rome, pope discusses plans for future trips

VATICAN, July 30, 2013 (CNS) — At the end of his first foreign trip, Pope Francis told reporters that it’s good for a pope to travel and there are plans in the works for visits in Italy, to Jerusalem, to Asia, but nothing planned soon for his Argentine homeland. “I think papal trips are always [...]

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Vatican to cooperate with Italy in fight against financial crimes

VATICAN, July 30, 2013 (CNS) — The Vatican signed an agreement with Italy to share information regarding suspect financial transactions in an effort to strengthen its ability to fight money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority signed a memorandum of understanding with its Italian counterpart, the Financial Information Unit, in [...]

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Ships at Holy See: how popes once navigated more than spiritual waters

VATICAN, July 30, 2013 (CNS) — One could say it all started with St. Peter’s fishing boat. One day, that humble vessel turned into a powerful pontifical fleet, particularly during the life of the Papal States. While St. Peter’s boat was clearly used for fishing and helping Jesus preach to the crowds on shore, the [...]

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