Monthly Archives: July 2016

Robbed Panama family shares WYD ‘mercy story’

Rebeca, Rigoberto, and their baby Sarah Fernandez at World Youth Day Krakow (Photo: Shirley Paynor) KRAKOW, Poland, July 31, 2016 – A family from the country hosting the next World Youth Day (WYD) in 2019 shared their own mercy story of when they got robbed on their way to WYD Krakow. Rebeca, Rigoberto, and their baby Sarah Fernandez were robbed of their money, luggage, and phones at a train station in Germany on July 24. With practically only

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Syrian WYD sharing: ‘No one can steal my joy’

An estimated 1.6 million World Youth Day Krakow pilgrims converge at Campus Misericordia in Brzegi, a village outside Krakow for the Vigil with the Holy Father, July 30, 2016 (Photo: Roy Lagarde) KRAKOW, Poland, July 30, 2016– How can one stay sane let alone be happy in the face of non-stop death and violence? A Syrian delegate attending the World Youth Day (WYD) in this city shared how true joy is possible despite living in a war-torn country

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Cubao hosts local WYD

Delegates of the Diocese of Cubao's World Youth Day Lokal (Photo: Michael Dalogdog) CUBAO, Quezon City, July 30, 2016 – As hundreds of thousands of young people in Krakow, Poland prepare for the World Youth Day (WYD) Vigil with Pope Francis, the Diocese of Cubao joins in the celebration half way around the world today with a local WYD at the Holy Family Parish Kamias Quezon City. The Diocese organized two celebrations, one at the Vicariate

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Bishop to law-enforcers: ‘Respect dignity of life’

MANILA, July 30, 2016 – Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) raised the alarm over the spate of alleged drug-related personalities’ killings. “We must remember always that aevery human life counts. Every human being is a child of God. In fighting crime and in maintaining peace and order

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Bulacan seminary library inaugurated

Malolos Bishop Jose F. Oliveros, D.D. presided over the community Mass of the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary and blessed the newly inaugurated seminary library in Guiguinto, Bulacan. (Photo: Allem James Alba / Vincent Ian Planas) GUIGUINTO, Bulacan, July 29, 2016 – Last July 17, Sunday, the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary community rejoiced at the fulfillment of a long-aspired dream – the inauguration of its new, state-of-the-art

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Syrians’ WYD prayer intention: peace

Some members of the Syrian delegation to WYD Krakow (Photo: Shirley Paynor) KRAKOW, Poland, July 29, 2016 – Despite the persecution of Christians, tensions, and violence in their home country, a group of 16 Syrian nationals made their way to this city to celebrate World Youth Day (WYD) and to pray for peace. “As [a] Syrian WYD pilgrim, our message all over the world [is] we want just peace and love. We pray for our people there in Syria,” said

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Confessions from a Filipino missionary far from home

Br. John Alfred Molina, a missionary based in France, carried the Philippine flag during a youth gathering to close the Days in the Diocese before World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. (Photo: Johann Mangussad) KRAKOW, Poland, July 29, 2016 – What’s life like for a missionary serving abroad? At the conclusion of the Days in the Diocese where thousands of World Youth Day (WYD) pilgrims gathered for the Adoration and Youth meeting in Światynia

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Tagle blasts modern ‘culture of success’

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle giving a catechesis at the Tauron Arena Krakow in this city (Photo: Ana Perucho) KRAKOW, Poland, July 29, 2016 – Speaking to close to 15,000 young people at the Tauron Arena in this city, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle noted how failure has become the greatest sin of modern times and how people’s self-worth is measured by success. “Nowadays, everyone wants to be successful. Success

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Pilgrims share WYD prayers after Munich shooting, French priest murder

Some 181 countries sent delegates to the World Youth Day in Krakow from July 26 to 31. (Photo: Ana Perucho) KRAKOW, Poland, July 28, 2016 – Against a backdrop of at least two separate incidents of violence, the World Youth Day (WYD) in this city carries on with young people sharing their prayers for the Munich shooting and the more recent murder of French priest in France. “I got sad because here [at WYD] we celebrate Christianity, love, and

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Iloilo vicariate to hold local WYD event

JARO, Iloilo City, July 28, 2016 – A vicariate in this diocese will hold a special event as their own simple way of uniting with Pope Francis and with the hundreds of thousands of young people now gathered in Krakow, Poland, for the 31st World Youth Day (WYD). The Vicariate of St. Peter, of the Archdiocese of Jaro, through its Youth Ministry, will hold an evening of Taizé prayer in the Espousal of Our Lady Parish in Mandurriao, Iloilo City,

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