Monthly Archives: May 2014

Public invited to free ‘New Evangelization Conference’

PASAY City, May 30, 2014—In response to the Church´s call to spread the Good News, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), in tandem with the “Live Christ, Share Christ” movement, invites the public to the first ever “New Evangelization Conference” on June 7, 2014 (Saturday) at the SMX Mall of Asia Hall 1 in Pasay City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan,

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Local gov’ts urged to ‘prioritize’ education

MANILA, May 29, 2014 – In response to the misconception that the issue of education is strictly a concern of the national government, experts urged local governments to muster political will and start ‘prioritizing’ education. “Money is never enough, there are no local governments who will be able to say ‘we have enough money.’ What is needed is prioritization,” said former Senator Nene Pimentel Jr. at the weekly ‘Tapatan sa Aristocrat’

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Int’l recognition, local crisis put more meaning in Silsilah’s 30th year

ZAMBOANGA CITY, May 29, 2014—Receiving the first prize in the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) and continuing its service despite the recent armed conflict in Zamboanga city have put more meaning in the 30th founding anniversary of Silsilah Dialogue Movement (SDM). SDM founder Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, PIME said the WIHW recognition and the Zamboanga crisis are significant parts of their group’s 30 years of existence. D’Ambra founded SDM

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Marian apparitions are ‘reminders’ – apologist

MANDALUYONG City, May 29, 2014—“The Blessed Mother reminds us, her dearest and youngest children, of our duties to God.” This statement sums up a top Catholic apologist’s talk on Church-approved Marian apparitions Saturday, May 24, at the Santuario de San José Parish hall in Greenhills. Catholic apologist Atty. Marwil Llasos explained how Marian apparitions come at critical points in history. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián) World War II prophecy

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Joy is key to ‘true encounter’ – priest

BACOLOD, May 29, 2014 — As the Church prepares to celebrate World Communications Day, a priest in Bacolod said joy and enthusiasm — more than modern gadgets or new technologies — are the keys to fostering an “authentic culture of encounter.” “This is what Pope Bene¬dict XVI and Pope Francis has been telling us about the New Evangelization. It is the joy and enthusiasm of our faith that will attract many others to the Good

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Parish prepares new youth leaders for service

QUEZON City, May 29, 2014 – Following a recent increase in the number of its youth leaders, a parish organized a team-building activity on May 26 to prepare and consolidate the youth ministry for more service. “We are hoping to build the youth as future leaders of the church and the nation…We are pushing for a united parish youth ministry,” said parish youth ministry coordinator Jojo Maniquis. Parish youth ministry leaders have fun during

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Gov’t urged to speed up ‘Yolanda’ rehab as pope’s visit looms

MANILA, May 28, 2014— With eight months to go before the planned papal visit to the Philippines, a Catholic bishop said the government must double its efforts to rebuild areas devastated by typhoon ‘Yolanda’. For many 'Yolanda' survivors, the process or recovery has been slow. (Photo: CBCP News) Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo it would be a shame to the international community if the Aquino administration’s rehabilitation

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Thousands brave rains, heat to venerate relics of new pope saints

JARO, Iloilo, May 27, 2014 — As a literal response to the Year of the Laity challenge “Choose to be Brave!” thousands of Catholic faithful from Iloilo and neighboring provinces braved strong rains and sweltering heat recently to stand in line for an opportunity to venerate the relics of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II on. Devotees waited in lines that extended from the San Agustin University chapel to the parking area for an opportunity

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No official word yet on PH papal visit – church officials

MANILA, May 27, 2014— Refuting media reports on Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines, local Catholic Church officials said there is no official announcement yet about the much-anticipated trip. The Church in the Philippines continues to look forward to a papal visit to the Philippines, despite pending confirmation. (Photo: CNA) “The Secretariat has not yet received any official communication from the Vatican or Nunciature,” said Msgr.

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Cardinal Tagle lifts moratorium on shrines

MANILA, May 27, 2014— Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle lifts a moratorium on petitions to declare churches as shrines under his pastoral jurisdiction. The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag is one of the more famous shrines in the country. It is dedicated to the Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Manaoag, who is also the patroness of the town. (File photo) In a decree issued earlier this month, the cardinal announced that the

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