Monthly Archives: September 2016

Church prison ministry calls for ‘correction summit’

MANILA, Sept. 30, 2016— Disappointed at the conduct of the House probe into an alleged Bilibid prison drug trade, the Church’s prison ministry said it is better for the government to hold a “correction summit” instead. Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the bishops’ Commission on Prison and Pastoral Care, said the House inquiry does not seem to address the problems at the national penitentiary. “Our suggestion is to hold a correctional

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Fiesta procession features ‘Toril cross’ relic

The Cross of Toril is enthroned before the start of 1st day novena and Mass in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. (Photo: Rainier Policarpio) MEYCAUAYAN CITY, Bulacan, Sept. 29, 2016 – Hundreds of parishioners from St. Francis of Assisi parish attended on Sunday, Sept. 25 a short liturgy led by Fr. Narciso Sampana to send off the Cross of Toril for the “LakBayan” (Paglalakbay Bayan), a yearly activity for the town feast that signifies where the

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Manila archdiocese to celebrate Marian Jubilee

MANILA, Sept. 28, 2016— As part of its celebration of the Year of Mercy, the Archdiocese of Manila is hosting a Marian Jubilee this coming October. The archdiocese said it has come up with a series of activities that the faithful are encouraged to be part of during the month-long celebration. On Oct. 1, the “Conference on the Face of Mercy: God’s Mercy through Mary” will be held at the San Carlos Seminary Auditorium in Guadalupe, Makati City

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Need help for works of mercy? Turn to Blessed Alvaro

MANILA, Sept. 28, 2016 – Do you need help in realizing a work of mercy? Do you want to help a loved one be reconciled with God? Is your NGO undergoing financial difficulties in sustaining a project for the poor? Perhaps this blessed priest can help you. Two years after the beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo on Sept. 27, 2014, the Office for the Causes of the Saints of the Prelature of Opus Dei in the Philippines continues to receive letters

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New deacons told: ‘Your business is God’s business’

The new deacons with Palo Archbishop John F. Du, DD and the clergy of the diocese after the diaconal ordination at the Sacred Heart Seminary Chapel, Sept. 26, 2016. (Photo: Fr. Benjamin Pantas) PALO, Leyte, Sept. 28, 2016 – When one gives one’s total yes to God, His business becomes yours. This was the message of Palo Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du, DD in a homily during the diaconal ordination of three new deacons held at the chapel of the

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Gov’t urged: Probe gambling, drug trade links

MANILA, Sept. 28, 2016— Anti-gambling crusader Archbishop Oscar Cruz called on the authorities to look into the possible links of people with severe gambling problems to the illegal drug trade. Cruz, founder of the Krusadang Bayan Laban sa Jueteng, hinted at the possibility that pathological gamblers always need money to finance their “unquenchable gambling addiction.” “Politicians and gangsters, professionals and hoodlums, businessmen and

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Archdiocese ties-up with gov’t for drug rehab program

MANILA, Sept. 27, 2016 — The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro will be collaborating with the government in providing a faith-based drug rehabilitation program. Archbishop Antonio Ledesma said the archdiocese has joined a multisectoral group to help in preventing and treating drug abuse. He said the “Coalition for a Drug-free Society” was formed with the city government of Cagayan de Oro, the Department of Health, and various civil society groups.

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Bulacan hospice hosts ‘Mercy Day’ event

Fr. Charles Viray blesses the new image of Our Lady of Mercy being enthroned at the Hospicio de San Juan de Dios in Bocaue, Bulacan. (Photo: Rainier Policarpio) BOCAUE, Bulacan, Sept. 27, 2016 – In line with the commemoration of the feast of Our Lady of Mercy last Sept. 24, the Hospicio de San Juan de Dios, which is being managed by the Brothers of Mercy of St. John of God in Igolot, Bocaue, Bulacan, sponsored a simple yet memorable celebration

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CEAP hits gov’t hiring of non-licensed teachers

MANILA, Sept, 27, 2016 – The Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP) reacted negatively to the Department of Education’s proposal to accept non-passers in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) in order to achieve their hiring quota of 50, 000 teachers for public schools. The CEAP said they fear for the quality of public school education. “Can you imagine where they will be getting their teachers? I can already foresee

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Church history relevant to present-day questions – priest

As part of PACRE’s continuing professional education program for religion and values-education teachers, catechists, and campus ministers, the lecture series aim to provide a venue for teachers to update and enrich them about Church history in general and the Christianization of the Philippines and Negros in particular. (Photo: Fr. Deogracias Camon) BACOLOD, Sept. 27, 2016 – “Why do very few students choose to take up History?” “They see

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