Monthly Archives: January 2015

Bishop: pro-life means pro-poor

MANILA, Jan. 31, 2015 – Boosted by the recent visit of Pope Francis, who issued his strongest defense yet of Church teaching against contraception, a Catholic bishop calls on all the faithful, especially the laity, “to stand for life, and to be champions of the poor, the weak, and the innocent.” During his visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis stressed the importance of protecting life from conception to natural death. (Photo:Trisha Remigio)

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Wanted: More pro-lifers—bishop

DAET, Camarines Norte, Jan. 31, 2015—A high-ranking member of the clergy has reiterated the Church’s call for more men and women who are ready to go out of their comfort zones in order to take on the fight against the “culture of death” in the country. Daet Bishop Gilbert A. Garcera (Photo: CBCPNews) “We need more people to stand for life, and to be champions of the poor, the weak, and the innocent. We are waging a spiritual war, and our

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Bishop to gov’t: Justice for ‘Fallen 44’ first; BBL can wait

MANILA, Jan. 31, 2015—A Filipino prelate has stated there is no point in speeding up the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) following the Mamasapano massacre, but points out the need for those in power to investigate the incident and ensure justice for the victims and their bereaved. Manila Auxilliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo (Photo: CBCPNews) In a recent interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas, Manila Auxilliary Bishop Broderick

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Tagum to hold Alay Kapwa-Year of the Poor Fun Run

MANILA, Jan. 30, 2015 — The Diocese of Tagum will mark the Mindanao celebration of the 40th Alay Kapwa (AK) anniversary and the launching of the Year of the Poor on Feb. 19 to 21 with a series of events to be held at the Social Action Center, Diocese of Tagum, including a Fun Run that targets some 3,000 participants. The Fun Run dubbed “Dagan para sa Kabus, Dagan para kay Hesus.” (Run for the poor, Run for Jesus) aims to raise funds for

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Pinoy faith, resiliency captured in winning painting

MANILA, Jan. 30, 2015—A painting depicting the faith and resiliency of Filipinos bagged the first prize of this year’s religious art competition sponsored by the Manila Archdiocesan Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church (MACC). Entitled “Matibay na Sandigan,” the acrylic work is by 20-year old Wendel Mallari of Tarlac State University (TSU), and shows a father carrying his son, while holding an image of the Sto. Niño (Holy Child)

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Daily masses in Palo for slain PNP-SAF

PALO, Leyte, Jan. 30, 2015 -– Sharing the grief of the families of the forty-four members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) killed in a “misencounter” with guerrillas in Mamasapano, Maguindano, priests in Eastern Visayas offer daily Masses for the eternal repose of the fatalities, some of whom hail from the said region. Flags are flown at half-mast at the Halls of Justice across the country, such as at the Regional

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Cardinal Quevedo urges probe on ‘Mamasapano tragedy’

MANILA, Jan. 30, 2015—The head pastor of the the Episcopal See that has jurisdiction over Mamasapano, Maguindanao has called on Philippine state officials to look deeper into the most recent “massacre” that took place yet again in his Archdiocese, and killed 44 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Special Action Force (SAF), stressing a peaceful solution to the longstanding conflict in the island. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando

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RCAM, kin mourn demise of senior priest

MANILA, Jan. 30, 2015—On behalf of the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM), Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle expresses sadness over the loss of one of the senior clergyman of the Archdiocese of Manila, Msgr. Marcelino O. Reyes, and requests the faithful prayers for the repose of his soul. “The auxiliary bishop and clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila; nephews and nieces, relatives and friends deeply mourn the demise of Rev. Msgr. Marcelino

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Ex-Defense Chief de Villa ‘saddened’ by Maguindanao carnage

MANILA, Jan. 30, 2015 — Former Defense Secretary Renato S. De Villa said he is deeply saddened by the deaths of 44 highly-trained police elements from the Special Action Force (SAF) in what he described as a “massacre” perpetrated by the combined Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). Hundreds of MILF members travel to Manila to attend the historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the

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Lay speaker talks about teachers’ ‘vocation’

NAGA City, Jan. 29, 2015 – Before the “Pope Francis fever”, there was joy and zeal emanating from an educational encounter when an inspirational speaker reminded more than 700 Catholic educators about their calling to transform young people into better versions of themselves. According to Bro. Roberto “Obet” Cabrillas, who gave the keynote address for the recent 5th annual CEACAL Teachers’ Congress at the Unibersidad

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