Monthly Archives: March 2016

New bishop to lead Tarlac diocese

MANILA, March 31, 2016— Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a new bishop for the Diocese of Tarlac, located north of Manila. Bishop-elect Enrique Macaraeg, until now the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan in Pangasinan, has been appointed to replace retired Bishop Florentino Cinense. Macaraeg will be the third bishop of the diocese with more than a million Catholics and served by Cinense for 28 years. At age 75, bishops are requested

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Mt. Apo fire shows need to protect forests – archbishop

MANILA, March 31, 2016— The raging fire in the country’s highest peak shows the need for stricter measures to prevent further environmental damage, a Church official said. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles sought for a concerted effort to protect Mount Apo and other forests instead of just trying to stop forest fires whenever it flares up. “This sad situation brings us again to the truth: we must work together to preserve, protect, and help sustain

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JP II institute announces summer program on marriage, family

The Family Life Ministers with Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra, Dean of JP Institute and CFL Chariman Fr. Ronald Quijano, Fr. Jaroslaw Merecki who conference on the Philosophical Perspectives of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body at the Pavilion Hotel. (Photo: Fr. Ronaldo Quijano) BACOLOD, March 31, 2016 – For the fifth consecutive year, the John Paul II National Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, will hold the Summer Academic

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St. Anthony’s pilgrim relics to visit PH

MANILA, March 31, 2016 – After twenty years, Filipino devotees of St. Anthony of Padua will have another opportunity to venerate his relics at selected parishes and shrines across the Philippines from April 20 to May 2. In a recent video message, Fr. Mario Conte, one of 52 friars ministering at the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy, and editor of the “Messenger of St. Anthony,” shared that two first-class relics of the saint are set to

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Caritas official frowns on Mar’s Yolanda ‘hero’ propaganda

MANILA, March 29, 2016— An official of Caritas Philippines lashed out at a comic book that portrayed presidential candidate Mar Roxas as a “hero” during height of typhoon Yolanda. Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of Caritas Philippines, called the campaign material “shameful and unacceptable propaganda.” “In conscience, I need to belie this hypocritical claim of Mar Roxas claiming to be a hero in the emergency response,” Gariguez

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New Malolos priest celebrates 1st Mass

Fr. Divino Albrin Miranda Cayanan have his hands kissed by members of the faithful after his Primera Misa Solemne (First Solemn Mass) on March 28 at the Parish of San Antonio de Padua in Iba in this town. (Photo: Malolos Diocese) IBA, HAGONOY, Bulacan, March 28, 2016 – One of the Diocese of Malolos’ five newest priests celebrated his Primera Misa Solemne (First Solemn Mass) earlier today at the Parish of San Antonio de Padua in Iba in

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CBCP hits growing casino industry in PH

The Philippine bishops in plenary (Photo: Roy Lagarde) MANILA, March 28, 2016 — Catholic bishops have spoken out against the growing casino industry in the face of a money laundering scandal that has rocked the country’s gaming and financial systems. The bishops entered the first day after Easter by expressing concern over a bank heist that exposed the Philippines as a dirty money destination. The prelates were referring to the USD81 million

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PH Church prays for Lahore after suicide attack

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian Grotto in Pakistan. Credit: Magdalena Wolnik/CNA MANILA, March 28, 2016— Philippine bishops expressed solidarity with Pakistan after a suicide attack in Pakistan killed 65 people on Eastern Sunday. Most casualties were women and children while around 300 others were injured when the blast hit the crowded Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore. A Taliban splinter group claimed the attack, saying it has targeted Christians

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Cardinal Tagle warns against deceptive ‘pearly gates’

Some 2,000 people attended the Easter vigil presided over by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila. (Photo: Roy Lagarde) MANILA, March 27, 2016— A top Philippine churchman warned the faithful against falling into the traps of “tombs” disguised as “pearly gates” to entice many people. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said the people are facing “many signs of deaths” caused by materialism, worldliness, and hunger for recognition,

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Cardinal Tagle warns vs.deceptive ‘tombs’

Some 2,000 people attended the Easter vigil presided over by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila. (Photo: Roy Lagarde) MANILA, March 27, 2016— A top Philippine churchman warned the faithful against falling into the traps of “tombs” disguised as “pearly gates” to entice many people. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said the people are facing “many signs of deaths” caused by materialism, worldliness, and hunger for recognition,

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