Monthly Archives: April 2014

Tagle assures faithful: ‘You can be saints!’

QUEZON City, April 29, 2014—Using as examples new saints John XXIII and John Paul II to back his case, Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle on Sunday, April 27, assured the faithful that they too can attain holiness. Thousands of Filipinos attended the special event to commemorate the double canonization of Saints Pope John II and John XXIII on April 27. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián) “For those of us who say it’s hard to be holy, the

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Bishop rings alarm on rising sex tourism in Palawan

Palawan Bishop Pedro Arigo MANILA, April 29, 2014— A Catholic bishop has called for an action over increasing sex tourism in one of the country’s alternative summer destination for both local and foreign tourists. Despite the positive impact of the thriving tourism industry, Palawan faces an increasingly serious child exploitation and sex tourism problem, Puerto Princesa Bishop Pedro Arigo said. He called on all organs of the government to be

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Canonization live stream sparks WYD ’95 throwback

QUEZON City, April 28, 2014—In what became a “World Youth Day” (WYD) throwback, thousands of Filipinos thronged the SMART Araneta Coliseum Sunday, April 27, to witness history being made as two of the best-loved popes of modern times, John XXIII and John Paul II, were “raised to the honor of the altar”. “It’s like World Youth Day 1995 all over again,” Migs Ramirez, one of the event’s emcees, exclaimed in Tagalog on seeing how enthused

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Parishes warned vs lead paint

MANILA, April 28, 2014— Catholic parishes thinking about renovations are being cautioned by an antitoxic campaigner against lead paint poisoning. Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition said church authorities should be vigilant because lead added in paint as a pigment and drying compound can cause death in extreme cases. “All religious statues, which many Catholic adults and kids customarily touch and kiss as an expression of faith and reverence,

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Borongan bishop warns against ‘aid dependency’

MANILA, April 28, 2014– Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez warned against aid dependency as more Typhoon Yolanda victims still struggle to pick up the pieces. Varquez said that five months after the typhoon devastated several towns in the province, longer-term recovery should take priority over food aid. Since dole-out would not be enough, the bishop said that sustainable ways will not only help survivors get back on their feet but will raise

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Cebu marks 450th anniversary of Sto. Niño image

CEBU City, April 28, 2014 — Cebuanos will celebrate a Holy Mass today, April 28, to mark the start of a year-long celebration of the 450th anniversary of “Kaplag” or the historic finding of the image of Sto. Niño de Cebu. “The rediscovery of the image coincides with the beginning of the systematic evangelization of the Philippines,” said Fr. Harold Rentoria, OSA, National Commission for Culture for the Arts commissioner and executive director

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Popes John Paul II, John XXIII officially declared saints

The images of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II hanging from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 25, 2014 Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA VATICAN, April 27, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In a packed St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis officially declared former pontiffs John Paul II and John XXIII as Saints. “For the honor of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the

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CBCP News » Headlines 2014-04-27 17:14:23

Prayer to St. John Paul II Prayer to St. John XXIII

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Bacolod dedicates celeb days for double canonization

BACOLOD CITY, April 26, 2014 — To celebrate the gracious event of Blessed John XXIII’s and Blessed John Paul II’s canonization, the Diocese of Bacolod dedicates the days leading to the Solemn Feast of the Divine Mercy “as days of Tribute and Thanksgiving to the Lord.” Big celebration Through the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, from April 24 to April 26 a Triduum of Masses was celebrated at 5:30 p.m. in

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Exhibit exposes mining effects

PARAÑAQUE City, April 26, 2014—The National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Baclaran Church) launched Wednesday a weeklong photo exhibit which seeks to educate the faithful on the often devastating effects of mining on people and the environment. “Images are more powerful because the message they are sending is harder to miss. I learn more about the consequences of mining by looking at these pictures than I can ever hope to learn by

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