Monthly Archives: October 2013

‘Undas’ back online for faraway faithful

  MANILA, Oct. 31, 2013— ‘Undas’ website is back online to accept request for prayers from Filipinos abroad for their departed loved ones. Now on its third year, the CBCP Media Office relaunched the project, which continues to get positive feedback from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). The agency said those who can’t visit the graves of their deceased relatives could visit the website www.undasonline.com where they can submit their

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PHL delegates to world’s consecration in Rome share experiences

Confraternity of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace member Erlyn Sison shared about her experience of physical healing after praying to Our Lady of Fatima during the consecration of the world in Rome. MUNTINLUPA City, Oct. 31, 2013—Filipino Marian devotees who flew all the way to Rome to participate in Pope Francis’ consecration of the world last October 13 talk about experiences that range from physical healing to a sense of unity with the Church.

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Tandag diocese builds new cathedral

Sr. Celeste Parilla, PDDM explains the design of the new San Nicolas de Tolentino cathedral that will be constructed in the diocese of Tandag. MANILA, Oct. 31, 2013—A new cathedral rises in the diocese of Tandag. With the recent destruction of heritage churches in Bohol due to 7.2 magnitude earthquake, Bishop Nereo Odchimar has raised concerns on the structural integrity of the cathedral of San Nicolas de Tolentino in Tandag. He revealed that construction

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NASSA intensifies relief operations in Bohol

MANILA, Oct. 30, 2013—With Bohol getting on its feet after the powerful temblor that hit the province, the National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP-NASSA) has intensified its rapid relief operations to help quake survivors. Fr. Edu Gariguez, NASSA’s executive secretary said some of his staff is still in Bohol not just to monitor the events but to help Boholanos in their efforts to rebuild

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Support for pregnant teens badly needed – pro-life group

MANILA, Oct. 30, 2013 – A support system like pregnancy crisis counselling could spell all the difference for troubled teens, a pro-life organization said. “Sometimes these women have no one or nowhere to turn to, not even their parents or friends. We would like to tell these women that we are always here for them,” AJ Perez, editor in chief of FYI, the official publication of Pro Life Philippines Foundation, said in an interview. Adoption,

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Bishop opens exhibit for a noble cause

PAGADIAN City, Oct. 30, 2013— A Catholic bishop has displayed his paintings to raise funds for the construction of a home for elderly priests in the Diocese of Pagadian. The paintings of Pagadian Bishop Emmanuel Cabajar, a Redemptorist, will go on display until Nov. 26 in a showcase titled “A Missionary’s Art Journey 3” at the Bishop’s House in Pagadian City. Aside from promoting arts appreciation, Cabajar said his exhibit aims to raise

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Unique approach to papacy reflects Pope’s personality—Tagle

MANILA, Oct. 29, 2013—The different approach adopted by Pope Francis in leading the universal Church is in no way a manifestation of the shattering of church conventions. Rather, it is a reflection of the Supreme Pontiff’s personality brought by his diverse background and experiences, a high-ranking church official said. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said there was nothing controversial with the stance of Pope Francis on the issues

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Barangay polls more politicized – PPCRV

Voters look for their names on the lists posted outside a polling precinct in Manila. MANILA, Oct.  28, 2013— The conduct of today’s barangay elections has showed more bad than good for the future of the country’s smallest political units, a Church-backed poll watchdog said.  From the campaign period up to the election day, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting lamented how barangays polls have become breeding ground for bad

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Villegas to keynote 35th CMMA

MANILA, Oct. 28, 2013—Lingayen-Archbishop Socrates Villegas, incoming president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines  (CBCP) will be the guest of honor and keynote speaker in the Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) on Nov. 15 at the GSIS Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City.  Villegas, who starts his CBCP term on Dec. 1, will speak on the topic “Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization,” which

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Poll group reminds voters to not vote for those who spend people’s money

MANILA, Oct. 28, 2013—As voters flocked to 170,000 polling places around the country to elect 42,028 barangay chiefs, Catholic Vote Philippines spokesperson Dr. Ricardo Boncan reminded Catholic voters to choose moral and ethical credentials of barangay officials which Boncan described as key to change.  “Don’t vote for those who spend our hard-earned money on election giveaways and those who practice EPAL posting of faces on public property,”

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