Monthly Archives: June 2015

Pinoys join global petition for ‘traditional marriage’ ahead of synod

MANILA, June 30, 2015—Standing for traditional marriage and in solidarity with prominent Catholic personalities and organizations worldwide, an alliance of some 47 pro-life and pro-family groups in the Philippines joins the growing public clamor to defend the future of the family in view of the forthcoming Synod in October through a signature campaign. Fears, hopes “Our fears arise from witnessing a decades-long sexual revolution promoted by

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Fire destroys convent in Manila

Holy Face Sisters inspecting the damage of their Mother House (CBCPNews) MANILA, June 30, 2015–A pre-dawn fire engulfed the old convent building of the Sisters of the Holy Face of Jesus (HFJ) on Hidalgo Street in Quiapo, Manila on Tuesday. The blaze broke out at around 2:00am and was halted shortly before 5:00 AM by local fire brigades. No one was injured in the fire. Investigators are continuing to piece together what caused the fire which

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‘Be just, kind as you work’ – priest to faithful

TACLOBAN City, June 30, 2015 -– “All the work that we have [is] sacred, and it is our way of giving service to God and giving service to our people, if we do justice and love in our daily work.” These are the words of Fr. Gwen Lovelino Padagdag, media coordinator of the Sto. Niño Parish in Tacloban City, to explain the theme of the 126th feast of Sr. Santo Niño de Tacloban today, June 30 “Look at Jesus: Do justice and kindness” (Mic.

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Pinoy youth in Dubai’s ‘random acts of kindness’

DUBAI, June 29, 2015 –- A small group of mostly young Filipino teenagers left their comfort zones to personally show their appreciation to the tireless blue collar workers of the UAE on June 13 with the “Sameness Project.” A little less than 20 CFC – Youth for Christ (CFC-YFC) members of Dubai gave out bottled water, food, and face cloths with “Thank You” written in six different on them, to construction workers who were having a break

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Congregation goes ‘online fishing’

MANILA, June 29, 2015 – The Sisters of St. Francis Xavier (SFX) community of San Pedro, Laguna, three of whom are Myanmar nationals and one Filipina, are discovering the wide reach of vocations promotions via social media. Second row L-R: Sr. Carmela, Sr. Rita, Sr. Marie, all three Myanmar nationals, and Sr. Venus. Front row: The six future Sisters of Saint Francis Xavier. (Photo: Oliver Samson) Through Facebook connectivity, the community was

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Pope grants indulgence for venerating Perpetual Help icon

PARAÑAQUE City, June 29, 2015 —Filipino Catholics, especially Marian devotees, have an entire year all to themselves in order to avail of a plenary indulgence Pope Francis granted recently to those who venerate the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, dubbed the “Icon of Love”, at her shrine in Baclaran or any other churches run by the Redemptorists. ‘Icon of Love’ According to the Redemptorist International website, the Holy Father

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Binay asks bishops not to believe ‘demolition job’

MANILA, June 29, 2015— Vice President Jejomar Binay has urged Catholic bishops not to go with allegations of corruption hurled against him. In a letter the official sent to some bishops, Binay said the investigation against him is “demolition by perception” orchestrated by his political detractors. “By now it is clear that they only intend to influence perception. This is not about justice or the fight against corruption,” Binay said. The

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Taclobanons gear up for Sto. Niño fiesta with ‘Balyuan’

TACLOBAN City, June 28, 2015 – Taclobanons celebrated the Balyuan rites on June 20 to kick off the religious activities leading to the fiesta celebration in honor of the city’s heavenly patron, the Señor Sto. Niño. Fr. Gilbert Urbina, Archdiocese of Palo Episcopal Vicar on Pastoral Action blesses youths, students, and educators on the second day of the novena Mass in honor of Sto. Niño de Tacloban whose feast is celebrated on June 30. (Photo:

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RCAM laity excited to ‘meet Christ’ in new parish priests

MANILA, June 27, 2015—As some parishes prepare to receive their newly assigned shepherds, members of the laity in the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) look forward to the new development as another “opportunity of encountering the Lord” through these “chosen few” who are privileged to act in His Person. Fresh start “[This is] a fresh start for those parishes which will be placed under a new administration. It will also be an opportunity for

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Tagle to give free talk on ‘Theology of Poverty’

MAKATI City, June 27, 2015 – In line with the ongoing Year of the Poor, no less than the newly-elected president of Caritas Internationalis himself, Manila Archbishop Luís G. Cardinal Tagle, is slated to share his theological insights on a reality many Asians, especially Filipinos, experience today: poverty. First Saturday Entitled “Church of the Poor in Asia: Theology of Poverty,” the talk is organized by Pueblo Amante María Mariological

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