Monthly Archives: June 2016

Franciscan’s Fr. Almazan is new AMRSMP chair

Fr. Cielito Almazan, OFM MANILA, June 30, 2016— A Franciscan missionary was elected as the new chairperson of the Association of Major Religious Superiors Men (AMRSMP) in the Philippines. Fr. Cielito Almazan, Minister Provincial of the Franciscan Province of San Pedro Bautista, will head the 60-year old organization that was established to foster close collaboration among the religious men. He will succeed Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner, OP, who

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Child sex workers out PNP ‘hulidap’ scheme

Dr. Dinah Nadera discussed the protection mechanisms of the study. (Photo: Mike Quilala) MANILA, June 30, 2016 – What happens when those who have sworn to serve and protect become the aggressors and abusers? According to a group of researchers, this is exactly what happens with the “hulidap” ploy used by several members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to coerce child sex workers into giving free sexual favors. “For example, one of

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PCPR founding chair Fr. Pete dies

Fr. Pedro Arguillas, MSC MANILA, June 30, 2016— A Catholic priest and founding chair of the ecumenical organization Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR) has died on Monday, June 27. Fr. Pedro “Pete” Arguillas of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart succumbed to heart attack inside his room at the MSC provincial house in Quezon City. He was 80. PCPR, an interfaith group for the advancement of justice and peace was born during the time

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How Catholic doctors are defying RH law

Dr. Rene Bullecer, Doctors for Life vice-president (Photo: DFL) DAVAO City, June 29, 2016 – It ain’t over till the fat lady sings, as an expression goes. Despite the passage of the hotly-debated RH Law in 2012, medical professionals’ ongoing efforts and plans for future initiatives to block the full implementation of Republic Act No. 10354 took center stage during the 6th National Annual Doctors For Life Philippines – Family Advocacy

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Bishop allays OFWs fears on Brexit

Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, CBCP-ECMI chairman MANILA, June 27, 2016— A Catholic bishop believes that the referendum on British membership in the European Union will not have much adverse effect on the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the bishops’ Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, is optimistic that OFWs can ‘manage everything’ despite the ripples from the “Brexit”. “With the

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Learn from St. Josemaria to respond to your vocation— bishop

Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig delivers his homily during Mass in honor of St. Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei, at the Manila Cathedral, June 25, 2016. (Photo: Conrad Ricafort) MANILA, June 27, 2016– On the occasion of the liturgical commemoration St. Josemaria Escriva, a Catholic bishop exhorted the faithful to learn from this saint in order to recognize God’s gifts and thus respond to the vocation God meant for them. “St.

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Street kids get baptized, thanks to this group

TNK director Fr. Matthieu Dauchez baptized 14 children and babies from families from Montalban, Novaliches, Quezon city, among others, on June 25, 8:30 a.m. at the Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace, also known as EDSA Shrine. (Photo: Thierry D'Arcangues) MANDALUYONG City, June 26, 2016 – Families living on the streets are not only exposed to danger and threats, they also go without the sacraments for long periods of time. A foundation is helping

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Priest calls for support against closure of Fabella hospital

Franciscan Fr. Dexter Toledo celebrates Mass outside the Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila, June 24, 2016. (Photo: Save Fabella Hospital Movement) MANILA, June 26, 2016— A Catholic priest returned Friday to the place he first entered the world, this time to support the mothers and heath workers who are battling to save the “baby factory” from closure. For Franciscan Fr. Dexter Toledo, there was no other fitting way to usher his 33rd birthday

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Cardinal Tagle unveils 2 mobile clinics for Manila’s poor

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle blesses one of the two Caritas Manila mobile clinics donated by the US-based Barnabite Heart to Heart Ministry through its “Make Sad Eyes Smile” project, June 24, 2016. (CBCPNews photo) MANILA, June 25, 2016— Inside Caritas Manila’s two new mobile clinics, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle blessed the medical equipments with holy water on Friday as he led the unveiling of the project. In about a month, it will be volunteer

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Pope Francis appoints Filipino as new Saipan bishop

Bishop-elect Ryan Jimenez MANILA, June 24, 2016— Pope Francis has appointed a Filipino priest as new bishop for the Church in Oceania on Friday. Born in Dumaguete City, and raised in Larena, Siquijor, Fr. Ryan Jimenez will be the second bishop of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa in Saipan, the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands. A priest for only around 12 years, he will succeed Bishop Emeritus Tomas Camacho who served the the diocese for

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