Monthly Archives: October 2014

Heroes, not villains, highlighted in Halloween fest

BACOLOD City, Oct. 31, 2014 — In response to the Year of the Laity’s exhortation “Filipino Catholic Laity: Called to be Saints … Sent Forth as Heroes”, the San Sebastián Cathedral Parish of Bacolod celebrate a “Parade of Saints” on Oct. 31, 2014 at 5 p.m. “It is observable in recent years that these ‘evil’ creatures are no longer depicted as such, but are now presented as heroes in movies,” Fr. Deogracias

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‘Saintly’ trend counters ‘scary’ Halloween parties

MANILA, Oct. 31, 2014 — Bring back the “holy” in Halloween! More and more groups and parishes are organizing Halloween-themed events that are in line with the tradition’s Christian origins, by making the saints the center of celebrations. More parents, who love to let their kids play dress-up for “trick or treat” costume parties during Halloween or All Saints’ Day eve, are choosing instead to participate

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Filipinos urged to recite Harmony Prayer for Mindanao peace

Fr. Sebastiano D'Ambra ZAMBOANGA CITY, October 31, 2014–For inter-religious dialogue advocates, the best weapon is prayer. This is why the Silsilah Dialogue Movement (SDM) is urging Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and others to be part of a chain of prayer for peace in Mindanao and throughout the world. SDM founder Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra said their Harmony Chain Initiative has spread across the country and through out the world with the

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TB, HIV seminars held

CALBAYOG City, Samar, Oct. 31, 2014—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Health Care (ECHC), in partnership with the Diocese of Calbayog, held a seminar on tuberculosis education on Oct. 22 to 26 in Calbayog City. Some 68 health care volunteers from 48 parishes under the Calbayog diocese were given intensive training, which would enable them to easily detect the presence of tuberculosis in their

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Prelate calls for ‘unity’ among lay groups

DAVAO City, Oct. 31, 2014— Like a band of different musical instruments playing in harmony. In a similar way, lay organizations, are called to unity and mutual support, says a prelate. “This convention is important not to show off that we are better than the other. We need one another. We need to encourage one another,” said Archbishop of Davao Romulo G. Valles. This year, the Church in the Philippines celebrates the Year of the Laity. (Photo:

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Pinoy priest in Ebola-hit Africa ‘ready to die’ for flock

MAKENI, Sierra Leone, Oct. 30, 2014—True to his calling, a Filipino missionary based in Sierra Leone, one of the countries in Africa plagued by the killer Ebola virus, refuses to return to the safety of the Philippines, stressing that a “good shepherd” never leaves his sheep to the wolves. “I will stay here in Sierra Leone. I am still convinced that this is not a moment to leave this country,” said Fr. Anthony Patrick S. Santianez on the

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NASSA/Caritas PHL to mark 1st ‘Yolanda’ anniversary

MANILA, Oct. 30, 2014 –To celebrate the Filipino resilient spirit, NASSA/Caritas Philippines will lead the commemoration of the first anniversary of super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ with a series of activities set for the whole month of November this year. Themed “Rising Above Yolanda: Celebrating the Resilient Filipino Spirit”, this year’s series of events aims to revive the spirit of resiliency and camaraderie amid the challenges encountered

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Church ‘trusted champion’ of poor, helpless—sister

MANILA, Oct. 30, 2014—A Catholic religious sister believes the results of a recent study placing the Church as the top institution Filipinos trust only reaffirm her indispensable role as “champion of the poor and helpless” in Philippine society. According to Sr. Mary Anthony E. Basa of the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master (PDDM), the Church rates highest in EON’s 3rd Philippine Trust Index (PTI), because she is able to respond to the

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Church ‘most trusted institution’ communicates hope – priest

MANILA, Oct. 29, 2014—A Catholic priest says the results of a recent proprietary study tagging the Church as the Philippines’ “most trusted institution” is not surprising at all because the Church has always communicated hope. “…The church is seen as a communicator of hope. She not only preaches about it but does something concrete like building homes, providing scholarship and livelihood, and organizing the poor in pursuit of their rights,”

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Catholic org opens financing company to public

MANILA, Oct.29, 2014 — The insurance arm of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines, the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. or KCFAPI, has recently organized a new financing company, the Kompass Credit and Financing Corporation (KCFC). KCFC was established to provide more economic opportunities, not only for the members of the Knights of Columbus, but also for the general public. The pioneer Fr. George J.

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