Monthly Archives: January 2014

US bishops’ chief to visit Yolanda-hit areas

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz (Photo: CNA) MANILA, Jan. 31, 2014— More leaders of the Catholic Church from other countries are coming to the Philippines to visit and help areas decimated by Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas.  Following the visit of Vatican’s Cardinal Robert Sarah to Leyte, a ranking American prelate will travel to Eastern Samar and Leyte next week to see recovery efforts in the wake of the typhoon.  The delegation will be led

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Bishops seek dialogue with Aquino over CARP anew

MANILA, Jan. 30, 2014— A number Catholic bishops are again seeking a dialogue with President Benigno Aquino over the delay in implementing the land reform program.  As the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) is set to expire this June, the bishops lamented that the government has been underperforming in land acquisition and distribution.  From July 2010 to June 2013, the Department of Agrarian Reform was only able to provide notices

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Church group backs suit vs Orthopedic privatization

MANILA, Jan. 30, 2014— A Church-based group will troop to the Supreme Court next week to support the filing of complaint against the privatization of the country’s only public orthopedic hospital. The Churchpeople Workers Solidarity said they are behind the Alliance of Health Workers’ move to file a complaint at the SC against the privatization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center on Feb. 3. “We are inviting the church people to support the

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Bishop calls on laity to boost pro-life cause

Bishop Gabriel Reyes MANILA, Jan. 30, 2014—As the nation observes Pro-life month in February, a Catholic bishop calls on the Filipino laity to actively participate in the pro-life cause and intensify their defense of Catholic values. Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes said there is a need for “more lay people to stand for life, and to be champions of the poor, the weak, and the innocent.” Reyes, who is also the chairman of Episcopal Commission on

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CBCP head: ‘Want to help Yolanda victims? Listen first’

MANILA, Jan. 30, 2014— The head of the Catholic bishops’ leadership is telling the world to say less and listen more to the needs of the typhoon Yolanda survivors. Speaking to reporters yesterday, CBCP President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that the victims need a listening ear for their charity needs. He said it is not enough that humanitarian agencies provide the victims with relief goods or shelter. “It must be

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Priest stresses calamity victims’ need for psychological counseling

MANILA, Jan. 30, 2014—Food and shelter are not the only necessities that victims of recent calamities must acquire. The need for psychological counseling is also an “integral component” in helping traumatized victims rebuild their lives, a Catholic priest said. Fr. Carlos Ronquillo, Director of the Saint Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute in the Philippines, noted that aside from providing relief efforts, it is also important to facilitate

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Italian-based Focolare musical group to perform in Phl

GenRosso at Mariapolis Center. (Photo grabbed from GenRosso Facebook page) MANILA, Jan. 29, 2014—An Italian-based Performing Arts group is in the Philippines to perform in a musical in solidarity with the survivors of typhoon Yolanda. GenRosso, a group of young people from Focolare Movement, will spread the Gospel message of love and peace through music and dance in a solidarity tour this February. Named “Gen”, short for New Generation and

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Pope Francis wants to visit ‘Yolanda’ victims

From right, Palo Archbishop John Du and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas greet Cardinal Robert Sarah upon his arrival in Manila on Monday, Jan. 27. MANILA, Jan. 28, 2014— Pope Francis has expressed his intention to visit the typhoon-ravaged areas in Leyte, a Vatican official said.  Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, said the possible visit is for the pope to show consolation and spiritual closeness

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CBCP to faithful: Lead life of conversion, usher change in society

MANILA, Jan. 28, 2014—In line with the Philippine church’s celebration of the Year of Laity, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Monday called on the lay faithful to lead a life of conversion in every household and church community as a means to usher change in the Philippine society as a whole. “The invitation to conversion, to return to Jesus and to the joy of bringing him into our world, is issued to all members

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Church group calls anew for scrapping of ‘Pork’

MANILA, Jan. 28, 2014—Ringing their bells as they marched, a church group stormed Padre Faura Tuesday morning in time for the Supreme Court (SC) hearing that will decide on the fate of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or the “pork barrel”. The Church People’s Alliance against Pork Barrel, convinced that PDAF favors only the ruling elite, is calling for its total abolition, even as they welcomed the SC’s 2013 ruling declaring

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