Monthly Archives: September 2015

Caritas official deplores child labor in mines

Small-scale gold mining workers carry bags of raw ore from tunnels in the highlands of Benguet. (Photo: R. Lagarde) MANILA, Sept. 30, 2015— A new report that children are working in mines at grave risk to their health affirms the “negative social impact” of mining, a Catholic priest said. It is estimated that thousands of Filipino children work in dangerous small-scale gold mines, particularly in Camarines Norte and Masbate in the Bicol region.

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Bocaue builds church for Korean saint

A statue of St. Andrew Kim-Taegon in Bocaue, Bulacan MANILA, Sept. 30, 2015— It was barely six years ago when the construction of the church building began. Now, Bocaue’s new church building is rising fast with the help of the community. The church, to be dedicated to a Korean saint, will rise in the barangay of Lolomboy in Bocaue, Bulacan, a town known for its religiosity. Saint Andrew Kim-Taegon is the first Korean-born Catholic priest who

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Priest hits ‘destruction’ of Sierra Madre

BULACAN, Sept. 30, 2015 – A Catholic priest has minced no words in blaming developers for the alleged destruction of Sierra Madre, exhorting the government and the public to do what they can to conserve, protect, and restore the little that remains of the mountain range. “We call on the government to stand up against those who are blinded by greed and do not see the Sierra Madre Mountain as a mother who also needs to be nourished,” said Fr.

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Jaro establishes ‘Catechetical Sunday’

Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo JARO, Iloilo, Sept. 29, 2015 – A local Church in the Western Visayas marks National Catechetical Month with the establishment of the first Sunday of October as Catechetical Sunday. As the Archdiocese of Jaro celebrates its 150th anniversary, Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo announced in a recent diocesan circular, “Given the secularizing trends, we are left with a great challenge to establish a functional

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Dev’t program instrumental in Aetas’ conversion

Sr. Eva Fidela Maamo, SPC, Foundation of Our Lady of Peace Mission, Inc. (FOLPMI) president MANILA, Sept. 29, 2015 – The Catholic conversion of an Aeta community in Zambales after it was displaced by Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991 was ushered in by an integrated development program that benefited the locals on a holistic level, a senior official of a religious foundation said in a recent interview. “The various livelihoods that we initiated

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Registration for 1st Int’l YouCat Congress extended

The team behind YouCat Philippines at the University of Santo Tomás (UST), Manila. (Photo: YouCat PH) SAN JOSÉ City, Nueva Ecija, Sept. 29, 2015 – Good news! Registration for the first ever International Youth (YouCat) Congress has been extended until Oct. 15. Fr. Richard P. Lagos, YouCat Philippines director, explained that due to insistent public demand, organizers of the event have decided to extend the registration deadline to accommodate

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Filipino ‘Laudato Si’ now available

MANILA, Sept. 29, 2015— Since its release in June, Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si,” a document first translated to eight languages, continues to spark discussion. Now, it has been translated into Filipino. Published by Claretian Communications, the letter on the care of creation has been translated by Filipino from Spanish by Leo R. Ocampo. The Tagalog version of the landmark document was released during the recent Manila International

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Family Rosary Crusade set

QUEZON City, Sept. 29, 2015 – “The family that prays together, stays together!” In an effort to spread devotion to the Blessed Virgin, the Siena College of Quezon City calls on all Filipino faithful, especially whole families, to take part in the Family Rosary Crusade (FRC) it plans to host starting on Sept. 30, Wednesday, until Oct. 8, Thursday. Now on its 8th year, Siena’s FRC (SCFRC) adopts the theme “Sambayanang Siena, Kaisa ng Maralita

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Pope: Communion for divorced, remarried isn’t the only synod issue

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his flight from Philadelphia to Rome Sept. 27, 2015. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA VATICAN, Sept. 29, 2015– Pope Francis told journalists on board his flight to Rome that giving communion to divorced and remarried Catholics is a “simplistic” solution to the issue, and stressed that there are also other problems that need to be discussed. “(It) seems a bit simplistic to me to say that the synod, that the

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Tagle: ‘Wounded’ people need family

Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle (Photo grabbed from Youtube) PHILADELPHIA, PA, Sept. 29, 2015 – Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has expressed assurance that family is still the best people to be around whenever one feels “wounded.” “Even when homes are hurt by wounds, it is also the home that is the privileged place for comforting and healing [of] wounded hearts. The wounds may come from the family, but

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