Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Boac bishop named

MANILA, Dec. 31, 2014 – Fifteen days before his apostolic visit to the Philippines, His Holiness Pope Francis named Msgr. Marcelino Antonio Maralit, parish priest of Alitagtag, Batangas under the Archdiocese of Lipa, as fourth bishop of Boac, Marinduque. No date has been set for his episcopal ordination and installation. Maralit was born in Manila on May 18, 1969 and studied philosophy at St. Francis de Sales Major Seminary in Lipa City. He

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Bishop calls for peace, reconciliation with God on New Year

MANILA, Dec. 31, 2014 — Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos called on Filipinos to have a peaceful New Year, one marked by forgiveness and reconciliation. Balanga Bishop Ruperto Cruz Santos (Photo: Aurora Dumaliang Tamondong) In a recent message, Santos, who also chairs the CBCP-Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant People, said peace is not just the absence of conflict. “Peace is not just a ceremonial courtesy,”

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Aid group pushes pay-it-forward programs

TANAUAN, Leyte, Dec. 30, 2014 — Extending assistance is not just about giving one-time aid to the needy, but doing it with long-term effects in mind. This is why a California-based compassion organization is pouring efforts into outreach programs in barangays that were devastated by typhoons Yolanda and Ruby. Corporal Works of Mercy Foundation, Inc. (CWMFI), which is managed by Fr. Abe Palaña JCD, parish priest of the Assumption of Our Lady

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SVD head spends Christmas in Cebu dumpsites

CEBU, Dec. 30, 2014 — The Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) chose to spend his Christmas this year among the poorest of the poor in Cebu. Fr. Heinz Kulüke, SVD, the 11th Superior General of the congregation, pointed out the joy of being a Divine Word Missionary, saying, “The poor are most important to the Divine Word Missionaries.” Superior General Fr. Heinz Kulüke, SVD checks up a kid at the Umapad dump site in

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Make 2015 the Lord’s year—CBCP chief

DAGUPAN City, Pangasinan, Dec. 30, 2014—With just a few days left before the world says goodbye to 2014, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) expresses confidence that the coming year 2015 will be like no other, especially when the faithful strives to place the Lord at its center. “The Year 2015 is a Year of the Lord as every year really belongs to the Lord. Let us make it truly the year of the Lord by living

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1 of 2 papal ‘misstatement’ shirts still sold

QUEZON City, Dec. 30, 2014—One of two controversial papal merchandise shirts produced by ABS-CBN store bearing messages wrongly attributed to Pope Francis are still on sale despite a warning issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to the faithful against “patronizing items with misleading posts and statements”. While ABS-CBN has already released an apology to the public, pulling out on Monday, Dec. 29, an item

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Church pushes info drive on Bicol geothermal project

BULUSAN, Sorsogon, Dec. 29, 2014 – The local Church is all out in pushing for an information campaign that aims to educate the public on the impact of a geothermal plant proposed by the government to be constructed within the Bulusan Volcano Natural Park (BVNP), the province’s last forest reserve. The townsfolk should be aware of the positive and negative effects of geothermal operation and to be at the forefront of opposition if it will

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Apologist slams media misquotes on Pope

MANILA, Dec. 29, 2014—A concerned Catholic netizen has raised the alarm on the “irresponsible” way some media organizations cast an image of Pope Francis that, while popular, distorts his real views at the expense of his original intent. Carlos Palad, a member of the Catholic groups Filipinos for Life and the Defensores Fidei Foundation, expressed resentment over how a television network has made the Holy Father seem to be espousing beliefs

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Papal ‘mistatement’ shirts anger netizens

MANILA, Dec. 29, 2014—Filipino Catholics have expressed outrage online over how “papal visit-inspired statement shirts” being peddled to the public twist Pope Francis’ openness and views on diversity. “So disappointing… even His Holiness is being used for selfish motives and capitalism. The best souvenir we can have is to let God radiate in our lives like what the holy pope is doing, walk the talk,” netizen Nini Reyes commented

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Mercy, compassion sum up Pope’s Christmas speech

MANILA, Dec. 28, 2014—For one Filipina Catholic sister, the “Urbi et Orbi” speech given by the Holy Father  at St. Peter’s Square on Christmas day may be summed up in two words: mercy and compassion. “The Christmas message of Pope Francis reminds us of what we are called to share in our modern world today: ‘mercy and compassion.’ This is what Christ brings to us as he came to dwell and walk with us,” Sr. Anthony Mary E. Basa of the

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