Monthly Archives: December 2015

Brunei prelate: Gov’t ‘ban’ on Christmas nothing to worry about

Bishop Cornelius Sim of the Apostolic Vicariate of Brunei Darussalam blesses a crèche in Brunei (Photo: Yen Ocampo) BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei, Dec. 31, 2015 ‒ Bishop Cornelius Sim of the Apostolic Vicariate of Brunei Darussalam has pointed out the “ban” on Christmas celebrations in the oil-rich sultanate is not as bad as it was made out to be, stressing it aims only to protect its predominantly Muslim population and not offend its expatriate

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Use firecrackers money to help the poor, bishops urge faithful

MANILA, Dec. 31, 2015— Instead of buying costly firecrackers and fireworks to welcome the New Year, Catholics are urged to use their money to help the poor. Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of the Archdiocese of Jaro said buying food or clothes for the needy is a more meaningful way of celebrating the new year. “We should be more generous to the poor. Less fire crackers the better. Convert the firecrackers into charity,” Archbishop Lagdameo said.

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Bishops mourn OFW Zapanta execution

Joselito Zapanta (Facebook photo) MANILA, Dec. 30, 2015— Catholic bishops have expressed deep sorrow over yesterday’s execution of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) convicted of murder in Saudi Arabia. Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, who heads the Church’s migrants ministry, said they pray especially  for Joselito Lidasan Zapanta and assure the latter’s family of his spiritual closeness and sympathy. “We lift to God’s mercy and forgiving

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Bishops mourn OFW Zapanta execution

  Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos (Photo: CNA) MANILA, Dec. 30, 2015— Catholic bishops have expressed deep sorrow over yesterday’s execution of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) convicted of murder in Saudi Arabia. Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, who heads the Church’s migrants ministry, said they pray especially  for Joselito Lidasan Zapanta and assure the latter’s family of his spiritual closeness and sympathy. “We lift to God’s

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CBCP warns vs. use of gov’t resources in campaigning

CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas (Photo: CBCP News) MANILA, Dec. 29, 2015— The Catholic hierarchy has warned against using government resources in the campaign for next year’s local and national elections. In a new voters’ guide released on Tuesday, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said government funds and offices should not be used to advance any political agenda. CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas

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‘Priest on hoverboard’ apologizes

MANILA, Dec. 29, 2015— A Catholic priest has apologized after receiving flak for riding a hoverboard during a Mass inside a church in Laguna province. Owning up to his mistake, Fr. Albert San Jose of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish in Biñan town said it was a “wake up call” and promised that “it will not happen again”. San Jose’s apology was contained in a statement issued by the Diocese of San Pablo on Tuesday to address the issue.

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2015, a year of ‘disappointing’ economics – prelate

Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz (Photo: Melo Acuña) MANILA, Dec. 28, 2015 – Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz said 2015 was a “very disappointing year” primarily because of the harsh socio-economic realities. “I call on photographers to visit certain areas in North Harbor to see how people are with poverty becoming the new normal,” he explained in an exclusive interview with CBCP News. “Almost all food commodities in the market are imported, if not

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Lay group holds character formation for PMA cadets

Fourth class cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) share their vision for the Philippines, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and for the family. The interactive activity followed the first session of the CFC Order of St. Michael's character enhancement retreat at the PMA, Baguio City, Dec. 28, 2015. (Photo: Nirva Delacruz) BAGUIO City, Dec. 28, 2015 – “Only for the Brave.” This is the title of the ongoing Couples for Christ

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‘Yolanda’ survivors pay it forward this Christmas

Fr. Wilson Chu spearheaded Sto. Niño parish' “Regalo Mo, Kalipayan Ko” which served thousands of needy Taclobanons. (Photo: Sto. Niño Parish Office) TACLOBAN City, Dec. 27, 2015 – From being recipients of help, Catholics in Tacloban City who survived super typhoon Yolanda in 2013 once again shared their blessings to the needy this Christmas season. Besides sending relief goods to the Diocese of Catarman for the victims of typhoon

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Christ’s birth can bring peace, hope to suffering world, pope says

Pope Francis deliver his Christmas blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) VATICAN, Dec. 25, 2015– Christmas is a reminder that through the birth of Christ, hope and peace are possible and that only through his grace can humanity find peaceful solutions to the world’s most difficult problems, Pope Francis said. “Only

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