Monthly Archives: April 2016

Malolos youth plan show of force for polls

PPCRV volunteers listen attentively to Sem. Arvin Ray Jimenez during the orientation seminar held at Malolos Cathedral on April 29, 2016. (Photo: Myraine Policarpio) MALOLOS City, Bulacan, April 30, 2016 – Election volunteers from different parishes under the Malolos vicariate attended Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) trainings on April 29 in preparation for a massive show of force on election day, May 9. Some 250 volunteers

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Cardinal Tagle tells HIV patients: Keep faith

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle greets handicapped persons as he leaves the San Lazaro Chapel to visit HIV patients at a nearby hospital in Manila, April 30. (Photo: Maria Tan) MANILA, April 30, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila on Saturday visited a hospital ward which cares for people with HIV and asked them to have courage and “never lose their faith.” It was an emotional moment for the cardinal, who spent half an hour with around

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Church leaders: SM ‘lying’ about contractualization issue

MANILA, April 30, 2016— Church-based labor organizations criticized one of the country’s largest conglomerates SM Investments Corp. for claiming it does not hire contractual employees. Catholic priest Fr. Rudy Abao, a convenor of the Church-Workers Solidarity, said it is common knowledge that it is standard practice in billionaire tycoon Mr. Henry Sy’s holding company to hireand fire workers after five months. “So what they are saying

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Nat’l candidates to sign ‘Covenant for TRUTH’

MANILA, April 29, 2016— Presidential bets and other candidates for national positions are expected to gather for a Mass with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila on Monday, May 2. The occasion will be highlighted with the candidates’ signing of the Covenant for Truthful, Responsible, Upright, Transparent, and Honest (TRUTH) elections. Other bishops and priests of the archdiocese will be concelebrating the Mass at 9:00 a.m. at the Manila

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Priest calls St. Joseph ‘innovative model of manliness’

An image of St. Joseph MOLO, Iloilo City, April 28, 2016 – As one of the important themes highlighted by Pope Francis in his latest apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), to complement the positive achievements of feminism, is the importance of promoting a healthy virility, a Bible scholar sees in St. Joseph an exact model of gentle and fatherly manliness. “A closer reading of the Gospels reveals that St. Joseph was a strong

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Reject bets backing death penalty, voters urged

MANILA, April 28, 2016— An official of the Catholic bishops’ prison ministry has warned voters against electing candidates pushing for the return of death penalty. Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, said capital punishment is opposed to the Church moral teachings on vital issues. “We are against it. Everybody deserves a second chance in life,” Diamante said. Death penalty, he said, is

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Knights of Columbus commit massive volunteer effort for polls

MANILA, April 28, 2016 – The Knights of Columbus in the Philippines will help promote Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful, Peaceful (CHAMP) national and local elections by volunteering with the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). “To secure the votes of the Filipino people, the four jurisdictions of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines – the North and South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao together with our insurance arm,

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Church mourns death of Bishop Labayen, ‘a strong voice of the poor’

Bishop Julio Xavier Labayen, OCD (CBCPNews) MANILA, April 27, 2016— Catholic bishops paid tribute to Bishop Julio Xavier Labayen, who for many years served the cause of the poor in the field of social action,  died on Wednesday morning. Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona said Labayen offered his 60 years of priestly ministry serving the marginalized and fighting for the protection of the environment. “He lived a dedicated life serving and

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‘Yolanda’-damaged church to become St. Anthony shrine

Hundreds of believers of San Antonio de Padua flocked the parish church in Tabon-Tabon for the concelebrated Mass presided over by Palo Archbishop John Du during the visit of the saint’s pilgrim image on April 25, 2016. (Photo: Eileen N. Ballesteros) TABON-TABON, Leyte, April 27, 2016 – Once completely devastated by super typoon Yolanda, the now reconstructed and bigger St. Anthony de Padua Parish will be serving as an archdiocesan shrine in

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Alaminos to install new bishop next week

Bishop Ricardo Baccay (Photo: Maria Tan) MANILA, April 27, 2016— A new bishop will be installed in the Diocese of Alaminos in Pangasinan next week. Bishop Ricardo Baccay will be the third bishop of the diocese, a post which had been vacant since early 2014 when Marlo Peralta became Archbishop of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur. Thousands of bishops, priests, the religious, and lay people are expected to attend the ceremony scheduled at 9:30 a.m. of

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