Monthly Archives: February 2015

San Pablo bishop warns flock of ‘fake’ priest

SAN PABLO City, Laguna, Feb. 28, 2015—The Diocese of San Pablo in Laguna has reminded the local faithful to beware of a certain “Fr. Michael P Caadan” after it was revealed that he is a “fake” priest, and therefore already banned from celebrating Holy Mass and administering the sacraments in the episcopal see. In a circular issued on Thursday, Feb. 27, San Pablo Bishop Buenaventura M. Famadico quotes a letter sent by Fr. Ludgerio Martins

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Summer best time to teach kids about Lent—priest

MANILA, Feb. 28, 2015—For a Catholic priest, the forthcoming summer vacation provides the best opportunity for parents to expound to their children on the meaning of Lent, given that the holy season roughly coincides with the two months students spend off school. According to Fr. Conegundo B. Garganta, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY), it is important that

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Homemade explosive goes off at Lamitan church

MANILA, Feb. 27, 2015— A homemade incendiary device exploded outside the entrance of a Catholic parish church in Southern Philippines on Friday evening, but no one was hurt and there was minor damage, a priest said. The explosion occurred about 9:30 p.m. outside the St. Peter Parish Church in Lamitan City in Basilan. Lamitan parish priest Fr. Pascual Benitez, 40, said the bomb was planted right on the church’s main gate. Benitez said he had just

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Nassa ‘Yolanda’ rehab gears up for next phase

MANILA, Feb. 27, 2015— At least 1,790 new shelters were constructed and 205 houses were repaired as Caritas Philippines’ three-year master plan to rebuild areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda plan is well underway, with phase one nearing completion this March. At least 1,790 new shelters were constructed and 205 houses were repaired as part of Caritas Philippines’ three-year master plan for super typhoon Yolanda rehabilitation. (Photo:

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Priest: ‘Have faith, not fear!’

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 27, 2015 – With a few days into the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Sheep, a Catholic priest reminds the faithful that the best all-year-round protection comes from Jesus, the Good Shepherd. “The timeless message of Jesus is that he is with us and we need not be afraid. When we are tempted to rely on all kinds of customs and superstitions to attract good luck, Jesus tells us that our best protection comes from him, the Good

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Seek the ‘Good Shepherd’ in the Year of the Sheep – priest

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 27, 2015 – As the Chinese-Filipinos welcome the Year of the Sheep, a Catholic-school president encouraged the faithful to learn from Pope Francis’ contemplation of the image of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, on how to reach out to others like shepherds to sheep. On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, Fr. Aristotle C. Dy, SJ, main celebrant and homilist of the parish celebration in Sta. Maria Parish, or Our Lady Queen of China,

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Parish to roll out scholarship program in June‏

QUEZON City, Feb. 27, 2015 – A parish in the diocese of Novaliches will roll out in June an education program that will grant short term course and college scholarships to deserving students from poor families in its communities. The inside of Our Lady of Mercy parish church in Novaliches proper. (Photo: Oliver Samson) Known as Educational Assistance Program (EAP) of Our Lady of Mercy parish, the initiative will initially enroll 20 young people

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Free online conference for Catholic mothers set

MANILA, Feb. 27, 2015—Being a mother is one of the most challenging roles a woman could ever play in life. In this tough calling, where does God dwell and what role does He play in the lives of mothers? This is the question that “Catholic Conference 4 Moms” (CC4M), a free online conference that will run from March 6 to 9, aims to answer. Selected presenters from various parts of the globe will be delivering talks in the online conference that

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Kabankalan diocese’s ‘holistic education program’ gives hope to poor

Diocese of Kabankalan on Year of the Poor (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Diocese-of-Kabankalan) KABANKALAN City, Negros, Feb. 27, 2015–In keeping with the spirit of the Year of the Poor and its commitment to making a Church of the Poor, the Diocese of Kabankalan, led by Bishop Patricio A. Buzon has come out with the “Paglaum para sa Pigado Stewardship Program,” a holistic education program for underprivileged but deserving youth of the

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Non-profit org to hold training on pregnancy services

Heartbeat Asia (http://heartbeatasia.com) MANILA, Feb. 27, 2015—A non-profit organization of life-affirming pregnancy centers will be holding a conference that aims to train, encourage, and motivate family and life advocates in their ministry of helping women in pregnancy crisis, saving babies, and building strong families. Pregnancy Support Services of Asia (PSSA), together with the Archdiocese of Manila Commission on Family and Life and Couples

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