Monthly Archives: February 2016

‘Stations of the Cross’ devotion angers devil – priest

Some 1, 400 Catholic singles from places all over the world like Canada, China, Australia, the US, Europe, East Timor, and the Middle East, among others gathered in Singapore for the SFC International Conference from Feb. 26 to 28. (Photo: Emil Sayat) SINGAPORE, Feb. 27, 2015 – Addressing some 1, 400 Catholic singles, a priest reminds the faithful about the power of the Friday devotion of the Stations of the Cross, saying it makes the devil

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Church people urge candidates to address labor issues

Young people look at job listings at the 2014 Labor Day Job Fair at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, 1 May 2014. (Photo: CBCP News) MANILA, Feb. 27, 2016— Church-based groups are calling on candidates for national posts to heed labor rights issues especially those affecting the young workers. Errol Alonzo, chairperson of Young Christian Workers-Philippines (PYCW), said that young workers today are faced with many challenges amid high unemployment

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Cardinal Tagle decries snooty charity

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, President of Caritas Internationalis (Zenit) VATICAN, Feb. 26, 2016– Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has stressed that charity is to be done from the heart, never out of obligation nor with a superior attitude. Speaking at an international congress recalling Pope Benedict XVI’s Deus Caritas Est in the New Synod Hall of the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall this morning, the Filippino cardinal, who is leader

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After 30 years: a voice from the past resounds

What has the ‘EDSA revolution’ really done for us? The following article by Magdalena Torres first saw print 30 years ago, shortly after the “EDSA revolution.” After all these years of celebrating “EDSA people power”, we ask ourselves again: What has the so-called Feb. 25 EDSA revolution really done for us? Soldiers aboard an armoured vehicle give flowers to people during the 30th anniversary celebration of the EDSA People Power Revolution

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After 30 years: a voice from the past resounds

What has the ‘EDSA revolution’ really done for us? The following article by Magdalena Torres first saw print 30 years ago, shortly after the “EDSA revolution.”  After all these years of celebrating “EDSA people power”, we ask ourselves again: What has the so-called Feb. 25 EDSA revolution really done for us? It is interesting to note that in spite of the “miracle at EDSA” the people of this only Christian nation in Asia have remained

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Samar farmers appeal for more gov’t assistance

MANILA, Feb. 25, 2016— Still struggling to recover more than two years after typhoon Yolanda’s devastation, farmers in Western Samar called on the government to help their beleaguered industry. In a statement, around 800 farmers from the towns of Marabut, Basey and Sta. Rita asked the government to help improve their working conditions and ensure the viability of the local agriculture industry. The farmers gathered to raise their issues and

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Priest to candidates: Put God in politics

Candidates for elective positions in Tacloban City recite their vow for Peaceful Elections before signing the covenant. (Photo: Eileen Ballesteros) TACLOBAN City, Feb. 24, 2016 – As government and the Church come together to work for free, orderly, peaceful, and credible elections, a priest remind candidates to put the divine back into the political arena. In a Mass held at the iconic Sto. Niño Parish Church, Fr. Oscar Lorenzo called on those

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Bishop to gov’t: Help other jailed OFWs

MANILA, Feb. 24, 2016— Following the return to the Philippines of a Filipino worker who spent 20 years in jail in Kuwait, a Catholic bishop asked the government to help other Filipinos languishing in foreign prisons. Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said there are many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) “who are suffering” in jails, some of whom are on death rows. “Our government officials should and help assist them now and always,” said

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Pangasinan faithful warned vs. ‘deceptive’ sect

MANILA, Feb. 24, 2016— The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has warned against a  a sect offering church services to Catholics in the barangays of the Pangasinan province. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, in a circular issued early last month, admonished his priests about the “deceptive operations” of supposed priests of the Ancient Catholic Church of the East. “The sect is not a Catholic group and contrary to their presentation,

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Post-Synodal confab on family held

Delegates of the Post-synodal conference on the Family held in Bacolod from Feb. 15 to 19, 2016. (Photo: Fr. Ronald Quijano) BACOLOD, Feb. 24, 2016 – Two hundred sixty-six delegates from the different archdioceses and dioceses in the country participated in the Post-Synodal Conference on the Family held in Bacolod on Feb. 15 to 19. The Diocese of Bacolod, spearheaded by the Pope John Paul II (JPII) National Institute for Studies on Marriage

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