Monthly Archives: November 2016

New Ozamiz metropolitan to be installed

ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL IN OZAMIZ. Hundreds of Catholic faithful will witness the installation of Archbishop Martin S. Jumoad, as second Metropolitan of Ozamiz. (Photo: Melo M. Acuña) OZAMIZ City, Nov. 30, 2016 – Archbishop Martin Sarmiento Jumoad will be installed today, Nov. 30, as second Metropolitan of Ozamiz in liturgical rites to be presided over by the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Giuseppe Pinto at the Immaculate

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Bishop alarmed: public ‘desensitized’ amid killings

MANILA, Nov. 30, 2016— As the drug war death toll nears 5,000, a Catholic bishop is concerned that many Christians have become desensitized to the deliberate ending of human life. Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi said it is unfortunate that the strong moral outcry for life is seemingly disappearing. “We are sadly witnessing a growing callousness among our people, accepting these as a fact of life; for they say, these persons were after all drug

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Cardinal Quevedo calls for justice after church bombing

MANILA, Nov. 29, 2016— Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato has demanded justice for the survivors of a bomb attack outside a church at the end of the first Mass on the first Sunday of Advent. At least two people were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off outside the church’s gate in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat as parishioners left the church at around 6:30 a.m. “I appeal to our security police forces to ferret out those

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Archbishop urges anti-Marcos burial protest to be peaceful

MANILA, Nov. 29, 2016 — A ranking Catholic bishop called on anti-Marcos demonstrators to keep things civil, refrain from low blows, and stick to the issues. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas reminded tomorrow’s protesters to express their sentiments in the spirit of “compassion and not revenge.” “What we’re looking for is truth – truth that has love. Let’s not tear

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New priests told: ‘Have Jesus’ mind’

The newly ordained priests (L-R) Francisco Gringo Tagabi, Welbert Llyd Suarez, Sherwin Valenzuela, Jessel Bangoy, and Tristan Angelo Palado, with the ordaining Prelate, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, D.D., together with concelebrating priests on the Ordination Rites last Nov. 26. PARANAQUE City, Nov. 28, 2016 – “Be priests who have the mind of Christ.” This was what Archbishop Socrates Villegas, D.D., Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, urged five

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Bishops urged: ‘Don’t let threats silence you’

MANILA, Nov. 24, 2016– Bishops, priests, and the religious should not let hollow threats silence them on moral issues that are relevant to the country. Critics tell church people to stop meddling, but the Catholic hierarchy said recent “unpleasant incidences” highlight the need for the Church to speak out on subjects politicians shy away from. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president,

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Death penalty ‘no place’ in society — lay group

MANILA, Nov. 24, 2016— The death penalty has no place in a civilized society, said the lay arm of the Church in the Philippines. The Council of the Laity of the Philippines (CLP) said that capital punishment was abolished in 1987 because it does not work and “there is a wealth of mounting evidence that proves this fact.” “Its abolition clearly reveals a strong message that it has no place in our society where preservation and respect for

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Franciscans to offer Mass for martial law, EJK victims

MANILA, Nov. 23, 2016 – The Franciscan Solidarity Movement for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation is set to offer a Mass for the victims of martial law and extra-judicial killings at St. Joseph College of Quezon City on Nov. 24 at 3:00 p.m. The Misa ng Pahimakas would symbolize “a farewell to the democracy restored” by sacrificing hundreds of lives, said Br. Angel Ace Cortez, president of the Inter-Congregational Theological Center

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PH delegation at French Carmelite’s beatification

CARDINAL AMATO PRESIDES OVER THE BEATIFICATION RITES. The Prefect of the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato presided, over the beatification rites of Blessed Fr. Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus at Parc de exhibition last Saturday, Nov. 19 in Avignon, France. (Contributed Photo) MANILA, Nov. 22, 2016 – The Philippines was represented during the beatification rites of Blessed Fr. Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus at the Parc de Expositions

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Homeless ‘Sendong’ survivors appeal to Duterte

Tropical Storm Sendong survivors get profiled as housing beneficiaries. CAGAYAN DE ORO, Nov. 21, 2016 – Five years after typhoon Sendong battered Southern Philippines, thousands, who remain homeless after the storm because of what locals call “government bureaucracy” and a “lack of coordination” among government agencies, called on President Rodrigo Duterte to take action. “…(W)e are fervently hoping that you can provide closure

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