Monthly Archives: August 2013

Zambian cardinal dies at 81; pope remembers his commitment to poor

VATICAN CITY, August 30, 2013–Zambian Cardinal Medardo Mazombwe, retired archbishop of Lusaka and a longtime campaigner for foreign-debt reduction, died Aug. 29. He was 81. In a telegram to the people of the Archdiocese of Lusaka, Pope Francis praised the late cardinal’s “unfailing commitment to the spread of the Gospel in Africa and his tireless [...]

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Military archbishop opposes death penalty for Fort Hood shooter

WASHINGTON, August 30, 2013– (CNS) — Archbishop Timothy M. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services said he opposes capital punishment for Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was sentenced to death Aug. 28 following his conviction of the shootings in the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas. “The church teaches that unjustified killing is [...]

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Church Leaders Call for Negotiations in Syria as Obama Weighs Response to Chemical Weapons

ROME, August 30, 2013—A week of prayer for Syria began today. The texts of the prayers include the story of a 6-year-old Syrian girl who was playing hide-and-seek with her younger brother when the little boy was shot and killed. At the cemetery, before the boy’s tomb, his sister cried out to him: “Come out [...]

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Christine Francisca’s story, a life blessed by Our Lady of Tewatta

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, August 29, 2013–She began visiting the shrine of Our Lady of Lanka, Tewatta, with her parents. Now Christine Francisca, 37, comes back as a mother and wife, with her two children and husband Anton, to thank Our Lady for the blessings she received in her life. On 25 August, with her family [...]

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Prelate urges faithful: Transform PH political landscape

VIGAN City, August 31, 2013—Following recent developments in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scandal, a high-ranking church official urged the Catholic faithful on Wednesday to transform the country’s political landscape by becoming “faithful Christian witnesses” in their day-to-day living.  In a pastoral statement titled “Stewardship and Christian Witness”, Nueva Segovia Archbishop Ernesto Salgado called on the people to examine themselves

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Bishop greets diocesan anniversary by challenging laity

PASIG City, August 31, 2013—Every milestone marks the start of a great responsibility meant to be fulfilled.  This was the message relayed by Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara during the 10th anniversary celebration of the Diocese of Pasig held at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on Monday.  “We have reached our tenth year as a community of faith through the greatness of the Lord’s love and loyalty,” he said in Filipino during

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Diocese of Cubao launches new website

QUEZON City, August 30, 2013—As part of the pastoral agenda of the diocese, Cubao’s media ministry launched its new diocesan website during the 10th anniversary celebration Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, August 28.  Fr. Steven Zabala, diocesan media minister in an interview, said changes to the old website were made because the former site was not moving for lack of content and staff for maintenance.  “The bishop and

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Cardinal Tagle to launch ‘Season of Creation’

MANILA, August 30, 2013— To put emphasis on the need to care for the environment, “creation spirituality” will be integrated in the liturgies in all churches within the Archdiocese of Manila.  The program is part of the special Church’s “Season of Creation” which Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will launch on Saturday, August 31.  For a period of five weeks, from Sept.1 to the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4,

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Naga rally against pork

Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona joins hundreds of people during a prayer rally in Naga, August 26, calling for the total abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, more popularly known as the pork barrel system. In an earlier statement, the archbishop denounced the pork barrel system, saying it was instrumental in perpetuating patronage politics [...]

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Naga’s rally against pork barrel

Replicated in various cities across the country, the people’s indignation rally against pork barrel on August 26 was also held in Naga City, where hundreds of people marched to Plaza Quezon calling for transparency and honesty from the government and the abolishment of the Priority Development Fund (PDAF). (Photo: Cocoy Vargas)

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