Monthly Archives: September 2014

Bishop has reservations over 4-day work week

MANILA, Sept. 30, 2014— A Catholic bishop expressed reservations about moving state employees to a four-day work week to ease traffic problems in Metro Manila. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, who chairs the CBCP Committee on Public Affairs, said he was concerned public service might suffer. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (Photo: CBCP News) “How effective will the people be to work on that scheme? Many people are having hard

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Church groups assure Mayon evacuees help

LEGAZPI City, Albay, Sept. 30, 2014—After an initial assessment of the projected damage after Mayon’s impending eruption, various church groups assure evacuees of their assistance. Caritas Manila executive director Fr. Anton CT Pascual and Quiapo Church each turned over P500,000 to the Diocese of Legazpi’s “Harong Project” for Mayon evacuees, after an initial estimation of potential damage by the volcano’s eruption done by Caritas

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Bishop on Aquino’s take on media killings: Simply irresponsible

MANILA, Sept. 30 2014— A Catholic bishop branded President Benigno Aquino III as “irresponsible” for downplaying the spate of media killings in the country. Puerto Princesa Bishop Pedro Arigo tore into President after he said that many “media killings” were not exactly related to the work of the victims. “That statement is really very irresponsible. It’s like adding a salt on the top injury, particularly to the family of the victims,”

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LGUs also responsible for shows—priest

MANILA, Sept. 30, 2014—To ensure future fashion shows will meet acceptable community standards, a Catholic priest said local governments should carry out their duty of monitoring events that happen within their jurisdictions. “It’s not about the show per se, but perhaps the local government is responsible for monitoring the event itself,” said Fr. Jerome Secillano in an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas. The priest, who is also

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Mayor wants majority Christian town out of Bangsamoro

WAO, Lanao del Sur, Sept. 30, 2014—Speaking in behalf of his constituents, a local official from the only predominantly Christian municipality in Lanao de Sur made it clear that his people refuse inclusion in the proposed Bangsamoro entity. While assuring the public the municipality will not get in the way of the peace talks over Mindanao, Wao Mayor Elvino Balicao Jr. expressed concerns that placing his municipality under the Bangsamoro government

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Priest is Metro Manila most outstanding coop leader

MANILA, Sept. 29, 2014— A Catholic priest was chosen as this year’s most outstanding cooperative leader in Metro Manila. The award was conferred on Fr. Anton Pascual during the 1st Metro Manila Cooperative Congress held at the SM MOA Complex in Pasay City on September 26. Fr. Anton Pascual The executive director of Caritas Manila bested around 1,000 other cooperative leaders who gathered to participate in the event. “I’m thankful for this

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Tagle shares joy with sick, abandoned elderly

SAN PEDRO CITY, Sept. 29, 2014 – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal G. Tagle, DD visited and shared joy and blessings with the elderly wards of the Mary Mother of Mercy Home for the Elderly and Abandoned Foundation(MMMHEAF) on the institution’s 20th Foundation’s Anniversary, September 16. Cardinal Tagle emphasizes a point during the holy mass held on September 16, 2014, the 20th anniversary of Mother of Mercy Home for the Elderly and Abandoned

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More contraception not Mindanao solution, bishop tells gov’t

MALAYBALAY City, Bukidnon, Sept.29, 2014—A high-ranking church official slams the government for allegedly prioritizing the purchase of artificial contraceptives instead of coming out with programs that will improve the life of Filipinos in Mindanao. “Use it [government funds] for poverty alleviation, for social justice agenda such as food and job security, land for the landless … to make it productive, and [for the] rehabilitation and recovery

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Bishop: Palawan doesn’t need Bangsamoro

PUERTO PRINCESA City, Palawan, Sept. 29, 2014—Palawan has no need for the Bangsamoro government. This is what a Catholic prelate believes amid calls by certain sectors to place the Philippines’ westernmost province directly under the government set to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Bishop Pedro Arigo, who oversees the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa, told Radyo Veritas in a recent interview that including Palawan

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SM ‘Rape’ shirt, Bench ‘insensitive’—sister

MANILA, Sept. 29, 2014—A Catholic nun calls the message conveyed by a controversial statement shirt sold at an SM mall “very insensitive and” which many say trivializes the serious issue of sexual violence. Sr. Mary Anthony Basa, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Culture (CBCP), pointed out over Radyo Veritas that dismissing rape as “A Snuggle With A Struggle” will adversely

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