Monthly Archives: November 2014

Pope reminds laity: ‘Accept God’s kingdom in silence, not spectacle’

MANILA, Nov. 30, 2014 — Human nature dictates the preference for the spectacular over the simple, but the Pope reminds us that this should be not be the case when it comes to the Kingdom of God, which must be accepted without vanity. “When Jesus explained in the parables what the Kingdom of God was like, He used calm, peaceful words (using an imagery to show) that the Kingdom of God was hidden,” the Supreme Pontiff said during a morning

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Church’s housing projects possible due to ‘bayanihan’

MANILA, Nov. 30, 2014 — It’s no exaggeration to say, but a Church body’s housing projects would have been different without the “bayanihan” practiced among its beneficiaries. “The one very good thing NASSA/Caritas Philippines can really be proud of with its shelter construction program is the level of community partnership it was able to develop and instill in the consciousness of its family beneficiaries,” shared Engineer Mehul

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Nun warns against ‘hidden’ sexual abuse

MANILA, Nov. 29, 2014 — Many sexual abuse victims choose to suffer in silence and keep their experiences secret because sometimes, it involves an immediate family member. According to Sr. Adel Abamo (SDS), Salvatorian Pastoral Care for Children (SPCC) executive director, many abused women and children are forced to keep silent because they lack support from family members, in some cases, mothers of the victims themselves. Sisters of the Divine

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Priest calls on public to support Tagle benefit concert

QUEZON City, Nov. 29, 2014— Fr. Nono Alfonso, Jesuit Communications Foundation (JesCom) executive director, hopes the public will support the upcoming “Patron of the Arts” concert, an event also backed by Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, to be held on Dec. 12 at the Meralco Theater, Pasig City. “In 2012, the Patron of the Arts raised money for the restoration of the iconic Manila Cathedral. Last year, we raised funds

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Youth-themed World AIDS Day celebration organized

MANILA, Nov. 29, 2014 — In marking World AIDS Day 2014, a group aims to increase awareness among young people about the fights against HIV/AIDS in an international event celebrated locally on Dec. 1, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Atrium Hotel, Gil Puyat Avenue corner Taft Avenue. Carrying the theme, “Increasing awareness to „Getting to ZERO : Zero New Infections; Zero AIDS-related deaths”, the event is organized by Pinoy Plus,

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Gov’t considering ‘papal holiday’

MANILA, Nov. 29, 2014—The government is studying the possibility of declaring the duration of the papal visit a holiday. In a press briefing held recently in Intramuros, a member of the Papal Visit Central Committee shared such a decision is likely given that the last papal visit—that of Pope St. John Paul II in 1995—had also been a holiday. Pope Francis (Photo: CNA) “We are seriously considering [the possibility] and in due time we will

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Pauline sister alarmed by ‘violent, obscene’ tabloid stories

MANILA, Nov. 28, 2014 — A Daughter of St. Paul on Tuesday raised concerns over the violence and obscenity being peddled by a number of tabloid newspapers in the country today. Some of these dailies flood the streets of Metro Manila with violent and lewd stories, assailing the moral weakness of the young, said Sr. Pinky Barrientos (FSP). Sr. Pinky Barrientos, FSP working during a recent news coverage. (Photo: Fr, Leonido Dolor) “Violence and

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Laity, gov’t authorities urged: Uphold rights of indigenous groups

MANILA, Nov. 28, 2014 — A Catholic episcopal commission has called on the lay faithful to uphold the rights of Indigenous People (IP), urging them to fight existing realities of physical, cultural, structural, and ecological violence that cause the “severe marginalization” of Filipino natives. “With power of our collective strength and unity, we urgently call on all our fellow Filipinos, specially our esteemed government officials, church

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1k+ youth to welcome Pope at Villamor Airbase

MANILA, Nov. 28, 2014— More than a thousand young Filipinos will greet Pope Francis upon his arrival in Manila. Parañaque Bishop Jesse Mercado, chairman of the papal visit arrival and departure committee, said some 1,200 youths will greet him at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City “with vibrant music and dance.” “Two children will offer him flowers. They will be orphans who have come to know God as our Father through the love and care of

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Church body gives 1,813 ‘Yolanda’ families new homes for Christmas

MANILA, Nov. 28, 2014—Some 1,813 families who had lost their houses to typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) in 2013 are happy to tell the world they will be celebrating their first Christmas in brand-new shelters given to them by the Church’s social action arm. Caritas Philippines will be building 3,753 shelter units (ten designs, eight resilient features) in nine dioceses (118 communities) across Visayan Region under the #REACHPhilippines Project.

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