Monthly Archives: December 2013

Pope appoints Peralta as archbishop of Nueva Segovia

MANILA, Dec. 31, 2013— Pope Francis yesterday appointed Bishop Marlo Peralta of Alaminos as the new Archbishop of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur.  Peralta, who was consecrated a bishop in 2006, replaces now retired Archbishop Ernesto Salgado who just turned 77 years old last month.  Salgado had served the archdiocese with a population of 718,000, around 85 percent of which are Catholics, for eight years.  Peralta is 63 years old, born on July 13,

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12 million devotees expected to join Nazarene feast

  Catholic devotees hold on the rope that pulls the carriage of the Black Nazarene during a procession in Manila, January 9, 2013. MANILA, Dec. 31, 2013— Around 12 million devotees are expected to come and visit the Quiapo Church from January 1 up to January 9, the feast of Black Nazarene, according to church rector Msgr. Clemente Ignacio.  The feast, traditionally celebrated on January 9, draws million of devotees from all over the country

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Tagle: We are just partners with God in rebuilding

MANILA, Dec. 30, 2013—In helping survivors get back on their feet, it is important to be reminded that we are just partners with God in the work of rebuilding and reconstruction, a high-ranking Church official said.  Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle noted during a recent gathering of religious women that everyone is zealous and eager to help survivors, and many things are being proposed for them, but he said it is good to be reminded

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Villegas calls for ‘new beginnings’ in 2014

MANILA, Dec. 29, 2013—A high-ranking official of the Catholic Church called on the Filipino faithful to lead a life of conversion, urging them to abandon old and evil ways as they welcome 2014 filled with faith and hope in their day-to-day living.  Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), urged the laity to start anew in the coming year, shunning evil influences and

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Public urged to avoid firecrackers in welcoming New Year

MANILA, Dec. 28, 2013— With only few days left to usher in another year, an environmental group called on the public to shun pyrotechnics in celebrating. The waste and pollution watchdog EcoWaste Coalition on Dec. 26 led a campaign reminding revelers to avoid firecrackers in welcoming the New Year and instead use eco-friendly “torotots” and home-made noisemakers.  Residents and onlookers cheered the group as they marched from Plaza Hernandez

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Bishop remembers Mother Theresa’s advice to him

Bishop Gabriel Reyes ANTIPOLO City, Dec. 26, 2013—Celebrating the anniversary of his priestly ordination, a bishop remembers Blessed Mother Theresa’s personal advice to him on joy and loving the poor.  “You must be a joyful bishop. You must be a happy bishop,” Bishop Gabriel Reyes of Antipolo quoted the hard-working nun based in Calcutta as saying when he specifically asked her for advice on how to be a good bishop when she was

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Film brings Pedro Calungsod closer to youth—CEAP

  A scene from the movie. Rocco Nacino portrays Pedro Calungsod. MANILA, Dec. 26, 2013—The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) has lauded efforts to bring St. Pedro Calungsod closer to the youth through film.  CEAP president Br. Narciso Erguiza, Jr. FSC said the “Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir” movie, which is an entry to the ongoing Metro Manila Film Festival, is an effective tool of new evangelization.  “We

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Our Christian faith keeps us strong amid adversity–NASSA exec

MANILA, Dec. 25, 2013—The Filipinos’ strong spirit which is strongly rooted from the Christian faith is what helps us move on even when confronted with adversity in life, NASSA Executive Secretary, Fr. Edu Gariguez said in an interview, when asked for his insight on how will the Yolanda survivors celebrate this yuletide season. “Everywhere we go, even if there’s a big disaster, Filipinos will tell you  may awa ang Diyos, makakaraos

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Pope sends envoy to typhoon-ravaged Leyte on Christmas

  Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto in Cebu during the National Thanksgiving Mass for San Pedro Calungsod on Nov. 30, 2012. MANILA, Dec. 23, 2013— As a sign of personal solidarity, Pope Francis is sending his envoy to typhoon-stricken areas of the Visayas this Christmas.  Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, will travel to Tacloban City on Dec. 24 to be with the victims of Typhoon Yolanda,  Palo Archbishop John Du said. 

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Ledesma calls for prayers, common action to avert disasters

MANILA, Dec. 22, 2013—A Mindanao prelate called on the faithful to bear in mind three major concerns that call for prayers and action as they prepare to celebrate Christmas and “invoke the coming of the Prince of Peace in our hearts and homes.”  Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, in a Christmas message cited disaster relief, peace in Mindanao and care for the environment, as three major challenges that call for prayers and common action

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