Monthly Archives: August 2015

Interfaith eco-mov’t launched

(L-R) Br. Angel Cortez, OFM, NCR regional coordinator, Ecological Justice Interfaith Movement (EcoJIM); Gerry Arances, national coordinator, Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ); Max de Mesa, chair, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocate (PAHRA); Fr. Dexter Toledo, OFM, national coordinator, Ecological Justice Interfaith Movement (EcoJim); Sr. Cres Lucero, SFIC, Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) -

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Mov’t for Mediatrix dogma relaunched

From left-right: Bishop George Rimando (Auxiliary Bishop of Davao); Bishop Antonieto Cabahug (Bishop of Surigao del Norte); Bishop Antonio Rañola, (Auxiliary Bishop-Emeritus of Cebu); Bishop Guillermo Afable (Bishop of Digos); Bishop Camilo Gregorio (Bishop Prelate of Batanes); Bishop Romulo Valles (Metropolitan Archbishop of Davao); and Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo (Auxiliary Bishop of Cotabato) MANILA, Aug. 31, 2015 – Bishop Guillermo Afable launched

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Meet JP2, other Polish saints in Krakow, bishop urges youth

MANILA, August 31, 2015— For someone who has already visited Poland, Novalichez Bishop Antonio Tobias is urging young Filipinos to attend the upcoming World Youth Day (WYD) to better appreciate the religious freedom the faithful enjoys today. According to Tobias, visiting Krakow—which will host the WYD 2016 from July 26 to 31—will not be complete without appreciating Poland’s spiritual heritage and paying homage to Polish saints Karol Wojtyla,

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Junk ‘normalization’ of gay unions – CBCP president

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas (Photo: CBCP News) DAGUPAN City, Pangasinan, Aug. 31, 2015 – Echoing the teaching that same-sex unions cannot be called marriage in the truest sense of the word, a Filipino prelate has underscored the duty of each Catholic to resist attempts to make homosexual acts “culturally normal” by standing up for true human sexuality. .“In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized

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Sex change unnecessary – prelate

PALO, Leyte, Aug. 31, 2015 – “It is clear as part of the teaching of the Church that changes or mutilation done in (one’s) body which is not necessary is putting themselves as gods,” says Bishop-elect Oscar Jaime Florencio. Bishop-elect Oscar Jaime Florencio Florencio, known formator in the Archdiocese of Palo and former rector of the St. John the Evangelist School of Theology, is all for the need to analyze the real reasons why a person

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Protesters told: Respect Edsa shrine, please

DAGUPAN City, Pangasinan, Aug. 31, 2015 – The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Sunday, Aug. 30, has appealed to members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) to show respect to the Edsa shrine even as they hold a rally near the church building. “Respect holy sites. The Edsa shrine is a Catholic center of worship. It is a church. There is a Catholic priest assigned to it. We ask that all respect the sacred character

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Pray for our INC brothers and sisters, bishops urge faithful

Bishop Antonio Tobias (CBCPNews) PASIG CITY, August 30, 2015–Amid the public outcry over street protests that worsened vehicular traffic congestion in Metro Manila, Bishops Antonio Tobias and Deogracias Iñiguez called on the Catholic faithful to pray for the members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias emphasize the need to pray for INC members, who, he stressed, are fellow citizens of the country. “We have to

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Doctor warns against ‘invasion’ of women’s bodies

Dr. Dolores Octaviano, a member of Human Life International and Doctors for Life (Photo: CBCP for Life) MANILA, Aug. 29, 2015 – Amid widespread public outcry against the Bureau of Customs (BOC)’s opening of balikbayan boxes, a medical doctor warned against another government program that is allegedly causing harm to many Filipino families, especially women. Calling the attention of the Department of Health (DOH)’s implementation

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‘We need the millennials,’ CBCP says on saving environment

CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas (center) (Photo: CBCP News) MANILA, August 28, 2015— Reflecting on the lessons of Saint Augustine, son of Saint Monica , CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas expressed the need to reach out to the millennial generation, most especially in helping taking care of the environment. The urgent push to reach out to the younger generation was spurred by Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato

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Bishop San Diego: ‘Mauna ako sa inyo’

MANILA, August 28, 2015— Retired Pasig Bishop Francisco San Diego reportedly had a feeling he had said goodbye to one of his contemporaries that visited him in hospital. Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias said San Diego was seriously ill but tried hard to talk with him briefly at the Cardinal Santos hospital on Monday. “He told me ‘Mauna na ako sa inyo’ (I’ll be going now) and then I said ‘Akala ko walang iwanan’ (I thought no one

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