Monthly Archives: March 2014

Cardinal Tagle receives 6th Vatican appointment

MANILA, March 31, 2014— Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle  received another task in the Roman Curia in what could be his sixth Vatican appointment. The latest is Pope Francis’ appointment of Tagle as member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. The appointment was officially announced in the Vatican last Saturday as the pope continues Curia confirmations. “This is his membership

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Caritas Manila to build ‘multipurpose chapels’ in Leyte, E. Samar

Countless churches and chapels were destroyed by super typhoon 'Yolanda' in Leyte and Eastern Samar. (RL/CBCPNews) MANILA, March 31, 2014— Caritas Manila wants to build “multipurpose chapels” in Leyte and Eastern Samar, one of several projects funded by agency in the typhoon-struck provinces. Fr. Anton Pascual, Caritas Manila executive director, said that aside from church activities, the plan is for the structures to also serve as

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Experts to discuss PHL rice situation

MANILA, March 30, 2014 – Will the Philippines ever be self-sufficient in rice?  This will be one of the topics during Tapatan sa Aristocrat forum on March 31. Rice is the country’s top political commodity and has been the people’s staple food for centuries.  However, last February 26,2014, at the Arangkada’s 3rd Anniversary celebration, World Bank’s lead economist Dr. Rogier J.E. van den Brink said, rice in the Philippines costs 40% more

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‘Peace is also a Christian issue’ – bishop

QUEZON City, March30, 2014—Amidst the noise brought about by the recent arrest of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, top leaders Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), Caloocan Bishop Emeritus Most Rev. Deogracias Iñiguez, Jr., D.D. emphasized that the “issue of peace is also a Christian one”. In an exclusive interview with CBCPNews, Iñiguez said, an issue as important as peace should not be entrusted entirely to policymakers

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Bishop underscores need to evangelize through social communications

MAKATI CITY, March 28, 2014 – Spreading the Gospel need not be confined to churches and pulpits alone. Evangelization is at the religious and lay people’s fingertips through the utilization of social media, leading to the propagation of the good news on a wider scale. “I see this new task with you as ministry of forming.  In fact, I feel that I have to be the first one formed in many things about how to better communicate the Gospel in

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Film-viewing, concert, games to mark Calungsod feast day

MANILA, March 27, 2014—Aside from nine-day novena prayers in honor of St. Pedro Calungsod, festive activities are scheduled on the days leading to the feast day of the second Filipino martyr. The movie “Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir” will have a special screening on March 30 to celebrate the young saint's feast day. According to Fr. Ronnie Samaniego, chaplain of the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel in Bonifacio Global City, there will be a film

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CBCP lauds signing of gov’t-MILF peace pact

MANILA, March 27, 2014 — The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Thursday lauded the signing of the peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). In a statement, CBCP President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said, the signing of the peace pact may be regarded as a “milestone in the peace process,” marking the end of the long-running insurgency

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2nd Peñafrancia Short Film Festival launched

CACERES, March 27, 2014 – Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona together with Caceres Commission on Communications (CCCom) Director Fr. Luisito Occiano launched the 2nd Peñafrancia Short Film Festival last March 25 with the theme, “Choose to be brave, to live and love like Ina”. This year’s film festival focuses on two important elements: celebrating the ‘Year of the Laity’ and heeding the call to be like Mary. Participating

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CBCP Statement on the Signing of Peace Agreement

Like all peace loving Filipinos, we rejoice with our countrymen as we mark a milestone in the peace process with the signing of the peace agreement between the Philippine Government and the MILF. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. We pray that this first courageous breakthrough will be followed by more steps leading to true and lasting peace in Mindanao. I appeal to the Philippine government panel to continue the process of

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Catechist shot dead in Misamis Occidental

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, March 27, 2014 – An active catechist, who was also a barangay councilor, was shot dead at close range last March 24. Nora Sumingit-Macan, also known as “Angging”, a Subanen, aged 43, was shot at approximately 9 a.m. while harvesting sayote in her garden, near the Dimoruk river, Barangay  Lampasan, Don Victoriano Chiongbian, Misamis Occidental. At the time of the shooting, Nora Macan was with her husband, Sabilo Macan, and

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