Monthly Archives: August 2014

Pope’s visit to inspire more vocations

MANILA, August 31, 2014—Inspired by the success of the recently concluded Asian Youth Day, which left the Church in South Korea energized, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Culture (CBCP-ECC) expresses confidence Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the country in 2015 will have as much positive effect on the millions of Filipino faithful eager to welcome him, especially in the area of inspiring vocations.

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CBCP lauds PH priests in Libya

MANILA, August, 31, 2014—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (EMI) voiced out its admiration for two Filipino priests who have opted to stay in Libya standing by the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) stranded there due to an ongoing conflict. EMI executive secretary Fr. Resty Ogsimer told Radyo Veritas that a critical situation like the one happening

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German pastoral workers visit Cotabato archdiocese

COTABATO City, August 29, 2014 — Eleven lay pastoral workers from Germany visited the Archdiocese of Cotabato from August 18-27, 2014 with the aim of touching base with different Cotabato communities in what has been dubbed the “Regensburg Visit.” The visitors, some of whom are pastoral workers for Miserior and Missio, two of the largest international Catholic aid organizations in the world, described the journey as an “excellent” and

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Filipino chaplain part of PHL contingent in Syria

MANILA, August 29, 2014–Bishop Leopoldo S. Tumulak of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines revealed that a Filipino chaplain is accompanying the Philippine military contingent in Syria, which is currently in a stand-off with rebels. Pope Francis led a prayer vigil for peace in Syria in St. Peter’s Square on September 7, 2013. (Photo: CNA) In a message to CBCP News, the 69-year old prelate said the Filipino chaplain is part of the

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Ateneo school wins regional Bible quiz

NAGA City, August 29, 2014 – Ateneo de Naga University High School emerged as the top contender during the regional finals of the 5th St. Paul National Bible Quiz on August 10, 2014. Ateneo de Naga University High School is set to compete against other regional Bible champions September 20, 2014 at SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The 5th St. Paul National Bible Quiz elimination round involved 34 teams representing 21 schools in the Bicol region,

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Peñafrancia Film Fest finalists named

CACERES, August 29, 2014 – Caceres Commission on Communications (CCCom) Director Fr. Luisito Occiano announced on August 21 the finalists of the 2nd Peñafrancia Short Film Festival. The finalists are “Atang” by Paolo Piana; “Harayo, Harani Man” by Arjanmar Rebeta; “Inay” by the Independent Artists; “Kapit” by Antonio Ayen; and “Nawawara” by Jordan de la Cruz. Inspired by the theme “Choose to be brave, to live and love

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Bishop excited for ‘spiritual-typhoon Francis’

BACOLOD City, August 29, 2014 – With the confirmation of a papal visit to the Philippines next year, Bacolod’s bishop expressed joy and high hopes for the coming of “spiritual-typhoon Francis” to the country. Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra said the coming of Pope Francis, after 20 years since the last papal visit, is an “unexpected gift” to our nation. Pope Francis'S pastoral and state visit to the Philippines will carry the theme

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Cardinal Quevedo to ordain 2 priests

COTABATO City, August 29, 2014 – Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, OMI prepares to welcome two new priests to the archdiocese of Cotabato after their ordination on September 2, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Cotabato City. Rev. John Angelo Gordillo Gamino and Rev. Andrean Paruhinog Francisco are set to be ordained on September 2, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Cotabato City. (Photo: Rachel F. Ayupan)

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Bishop: No suspension of 2016 polls

CEBU City, August 29, 2014—Cebu Archbishop José Palma is confident the Filipino people will counter any plans by the administration to suspend the national elections in 2016. Palma, who formerly headed the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), believes Filipinos highly value their right to vote. Filipinos will return to the polls in 2016 for the presidential elections. (Photo: CBCP News) “As a democracy-loving people, and

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‘God-loving’ no more? CBCP says it’s ‘unfortunate’

MANILA, August 29, 2014–The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Friday said it is ‘unfortunate’ that the Department of Education (DepEd) removed the “God-loving” phrase from its vision statement. CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas said the Church maintains that the “formation of God-fearing pupils and students is a vision that cannot be surrendered”. “Unfortunately, in its 2013 version,

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