Monthly Archives: May 2015

Priest: IPs ‘coerced’ for Tampakan mining consent

MANILA, May 30, 2015 –- The director of the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Marbel (SAC Marbel), Fr. Joy Pelino appeals to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to investigate its regional offices’ activities in obtaining the IPs’ consent to mining, saying they are being forced to agree to something they clearly do not want. “We call on the NCIP to immediately and judiciously respond to the call of the IP. If

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Laguna bishop to ordain 3 priests

SAN PEDRO City, May 30, 2015 -– The bishop of San Pablo (Laguna) is set to ordain three deacons to the priesthood in separate ceremonies in two weeks. Bishop Buenaventura M. Famadico will raise to the Order of Presbyters the following deacons in their respective local parishes: Rev. Mark Marlonne Lumbera at 10:00 a.m. on June 9 at Our Lady of the Angels Parish Church, Santa Maria, Laguna. Rev. Mark Marlonne Lumbera (Photo taken from Lumbera's

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PH risks becoming ‘Asia’s Ireland’ but…

MANILA, May 30, 2015 – A Filipino educator based in Rome has expressed fear that the bastion of the faith in the East will find itself imitating Ireland in no time, but remains hopeful that the nation can hold its own against what the Holy Father calls “contraceptive imperialism” if Filipinos will only be smart enough to resist the lures of Western propaganda. Next Ireland? “Unfortunately, it will not only be the Irish who will suffer

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3-night ‘holy concert’ for a cause ongoing

MANILA, May 30, 2015—In what seemed like a glimpse of heaven, six talented choral groups representing various parishes in Metro Manila and Cavite played the angels, opening the biggest religious concert of the season on Friday, May 29, at the Minor Basilica of San Sebastián in Quiapo, to raise awareness on the sad plight of Asia’s only all-steel church. Members of the Couples for Christ (CFC) Choral Group give angels a run for their money singing

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Priest to ‘epal’ politician: ‘Respect the dead’

MANILA, May 29, 2015— A Catholic priest called on politicians not to “use the dead” out of delicadeza in their propaganda. Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of Caritas Philippines, made the appeal after a coffin with the name of Mayor TJ Rodriguez of Capas, Tarlac, has been making the rounds in social media. Fr. Edwin Gariguez He said what the mayor did was in “bad taste” and unbecoming of a public servant. “Respect the dead. Just

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PHLPost releases Jaro archdiocese commemorative stamps

MANILA, May 29, 2015— Two special stamps were issued to commemorate the 150 years of the Archdiocese of Jaro. The Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) released on May 27 the stamps in two different designs in the denomination of Php 10. “The PHLPost congratulates the Catholic faithful in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Jaro and the launching of the commemorative stamps to highlight the occasion”, Postmaster General Josie

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‘Every Mass is a healing Mass’ – priest

TACLOBAN City, May 29, 2015 – It is called the highest form of worship, but it is also the greatest source of healing, says a priest. “Healing happens in all Masses,” stressed Fr. Ronel Taboso, pastor and moderator of Sto. Niño Parish, the biggest parish in Tacloban City, underscoring the fact that it is ultimately Jesus who heals and not anybody in the Holy Mass. Fr. Ronel Taboso , stresses in his homily, "In every mass we are

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Gay marriage is ‘unnatural’– prelate

MAKATI City, May 29, 2015—Amid calls to “do an Ireland” and recognize same-sex “marriage” in the country, the head of the Church’s matrimonial tribunal reasserted that such a radical move is going against what Nature—let alone God—had intended for humans. Not Adam and Steve “We can never deny the fact that marriage is between a man and a woman. It is the natural law. It is not between Adam and Adam nor between Eve and Eve,” said

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9th Grand Marian Procession caps Davao’s Flores de Mayo

DAVAO City, May 28, 2015—“I can feel her presence here. I can feel Ina’s presence.” This is how Brenda Milan, a Marian devotee and a photojournalist described this year’s biggest gathering of Marian devotees in the Archdiocese of Davao, the 9th Grand Marian Procession held on May 23. Thousands gathered for the 9th Grand Marian Procession, the largest Marian event in the Archdiocese of Davao, May 23, 2015. (Photo: Werty Desquitado) Fifty-two

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Bishops urge Aquino to act against Samar killings

MANILA, May 28, 2015— Catholic bishops in Samar have brought their concerns about the series of politically-related killings on the island to Malacañang’s doorstep. In a letter to President Benigno Aquino III, the bishops urged the government to act against the killings, particularly in Calbayog City which, according to them, has reached at an “alarming” level. “Mr. President, we seek your immediate assistance to resolve the killings the

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