Monthly Archives: September 2013

Passage of FOI key to settle pork barrel issue—bishop

MANILA, Sept. 30, 2013—A high-ranking official of the Catholic Church on Saturday echoed calls for the passage of the Freedom of Information bill (FOI), noting that the truth behind the multi-billion peso pork barrel scandal will only be uncovered once government records are made available for public scrutiny.  Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said that contradicting statements of certain groups in relation to the pork barrel scandal

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Disgruntled PAL employees seek Pope Francis’ help

Fr. Edu Gariguez of Nassa (left) receives a letter addressed to Pope Francis from PALEA president Gerardo Rivera at the CBCP main headquarters in Intramuros, Manila on Monday. MANILA, Sept. 30, 2013— A 3,000-strong labor union of the Philippine Airlines’ ground crew is asking Pope Francis’ intervention to settle their ongoing rift with the PAL management.  The disgruntled members of the PAL Employees Association (PALEA) said they want to seek

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Pope to canonize Blessed John XXIII, John Paul II April 27

Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized together next April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday. (CNS photos) VATICAN, Sept. 30, 2013 — Recognizing that Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II have widespread reputations for holiness and that years of studying their lives and actions have proven their exceptional virtue, Pope Francis announced he would declare his two predecessors saints at a single ceremony April 27. The pope made the announcement

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Pope Francis’ statement must not be taken out-of-context, bishop says

MANILA, Sept. 30, 2013—Pope Francis’ stance on abortion, contraception, and homosexuality must not be taken out-of-context as it only promotes a more pastoral means in approaching the conventions of the church, a Catholic prelate said on Saturday. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said that there was nothing controversial with the statements of the Supreme Pontiff as he was only urging heralds of the church to be grounded more on

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Priest calls for transparency, fairness in ‘pork’ investigation

MANILA, Sept. 30, 2013—Amid criticisms noting the selective investigation of government bodies on the multi-billion peso pork barrel scandal, a Catholic priest on Saturday called on government leaders to ensure the transparency and fairness of the investigation to uncover the truth behind the alleged misuse of lump sum appropriations in state funds. Fr. Anton C. T. Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila and president of church-run Radio

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Faithful urged to join candle lighting for peace in Mindanao

MANILA, Sept. 30, 2013— The Catholic Church today urged the faithful to join the candle lighting for peace in Mindanao on Tuesday, October 1. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said people are invited to offer prayers so that peace will finally reign in the country’s long-troubled south. He said that Mindanao bishops are calling for whole day of prayers, fasting and candle lighting

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Seek Christ as model of one’s generosity, Tagle urges faithful

MANILA, Sept. 30, 2013—A high-ranking official of the Catholic Church on Saturday urged the laity to live the virtue of generosity in their lives by imitating the actions of the Divine in extending help to those who are needy. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said that those who recognize the Divine as the source of every blessing must strive to follow His ways in sharing their blessings to others. “We learn how to give by first

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Tagle to Filipinos: ‘Corruption is injustice’

MANILA, Sept. 29, 2013—Blasting corruption as a form of injustice, the highest leader of Manila’s Catholic Church on Saturday called on the Filipino faithful to counter greed by letting the values of fairness and generosity reign in their lives.  Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, in his keynote speech for Caritas Manila’s Generosity Conference, urged the faithful to give out love and justice while being more sensitive to the needs

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Pope names new bishop of Dumaguete

MANILA, Sept. 28, 2013–Pope Francis has appointed Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Julito Cortes as the new bishop of Dumaguete. The appointment was officially announced in Rome on Saturday at 12:00 noon (6:00pm Manila Time). Cortes will become the fourth ordinary of the diocese, which has been without a bishop since last May 2012 following Archbishop John Du’s installation as head of the Archdiocese of Palo. The bishop-elect is not new to his new assignment

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Life advocates to be recognized in first Pro-Life awards

MANILA, Sept. 27, 2013—Pro-Life Philippines Foundation will be recognizing individuals who have done a significant role in championing life values in their work and day-to-day endeavors through an awarding ceremony slated early next year.  Bearing the theme “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”, the group is gearing to have its first Pro-Life Awards on February 22 to “recognize the work of people from all

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