Monthly Archives: December 2016

Tagle lauds streetkids’ foundation

Cardinal Tagle walks and talks with some of the scavenger kids of Smokey Mountain in Tondo. (Photo credit: Alexandra Chapeleau) MANILA, Dec. 31, 2016 – Working often into the wee hours of the morning to convince homeless kids to leave a hard life on the streets, volunteers of the Tulay ng Kabataan (TNK) foundation received high praise from Caritas Internationalis president Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, who spoke about the group’s

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Faithful urged: Do something vs. condom distribution

Frank Padilla, Servant General of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL) (Photo: Jm Dequiña) MANILA, Dec. 30, 2016 – Amidst the heightening concern about “extra-judicial killings” (EJKs) and the death penalty bill, a prominent family and life advocate warned “the greater threat is actually the push for the distribution of condoms” planned for immediate implementation by the Department of Health (DOH). In his message

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Youth orchestra to hold mercy confab fundraiser

MANILA, Dec. 30, 2016 – The Christ the King College Youth Symphony Orchestra of Calbayog, Samar will be performing live in Manila on Jan. 18, 2017, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City to raise funds for its performance at the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM4). Performing in one of the biggest and most important churches in Asia and grateful to the Filipino Dominicans of the said church, the CKC-YSO

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Faithful: ‘Jubilee of Mercy prepared us for Year of Parish’

The faithful of Christ the King Parish, Batasan Hills, Quezon City share their insights about the recently concluded Jubilee Year of Mercy. (Photo: Minnie Agdeppa) MANILA, Dec. 28, 2016 – As the Church in the Philippines celebrates the Year of the Parish as a Communion of Communities from Nov. 27, 2016 to Nov. 26, 2017, some parishioners look back on the Jubilee Year of Mercy, recalling how the event gave them a foretaste of the local Church’s

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Priest: ‘If you can’t give gifts, give yourself’

TACLOBAN City, Dec. 28, 2016 – The season of Christmas is not all about gifts but all about self-giving. This was the message of Fr. Lito Maraya, rector of the St. John the Evangelist School of Theology in this city during his Christmas eve homily. In this time when not everyone can afford to buy gifts for others, the priest urged the people to instead give themselves as a gift to others by doing good deeds. “As the song says, ‘Take time to

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Priest: ‘Baby Jesus unites us’

Fr. Erlito Maraya blesses the Nativity Scene with Baby Jesus present before celebrating the Christmas eve Mass. (Photo: Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros/CBCP News) TACLOBAN City, Dec. 26, 2016 – Even as a baby, Jesus had the power to unite mankind. In his Christmas eve homily, Fr. Lito Maraya, rector of the St. John the Evangelist School of Theology in this city, underscored the power of the infant Jesus to gather people in the same way a newborn babe

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Cardinal Quevedo deplores Christmas Eve explosion

MANILA, Dec. 25, 2016— Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato has condemned the grenade attack near a church in southern Philippines while the Christmas Eve Mass was ongoing. The blast, which occurred some 20 meters away from the Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño in Midsayap, North Cotabato at around 9:20pm on Saturday, wounded 12 churchgoers including a police officer. “I condemn this violent terroristic act against the innocent as a crime that

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What to do when you don’t get what you hope for

QUEZON City, Dec. 25, 2016 – What do you do when expectations or carefully-crafted plans change? Throw a pity party? Sulk? According to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, you should continue to cling on to hope. According to the prelate, when plans or hopes do not turn out as expected everyone is called to “be open to God’s ways of fulfilling our hopes.” “…That’s the very nature of hope, to be open,” added

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Archbishop Soc condemns killings in Christmas message

Churchgoers view photos of alleged extrajudicial killings displayed outside the Baclaran Church. (Photo by Vincent Go) MANILA, Dec. 25, 2016— Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has denounced the spate of summary executions, in his traditional Christmas Day pastoral message. In his seventh Christmas message as Pangasinan prelate, he highlighted how the “ugliness” of extrajudicial killings is destroying Christmas as a feast of “beauty”.

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Bishop exhorts faithful to ‘cope’ with priest’s death

Hundreds of faithful from the Diocese of Novaliches attend the interment of the remains of Fr. Jose Eliseo Buenviaje, 42, who passed away on Dec. 13. (Photo: Julius Panday) MANILA, Dec. 22, 2016 – With an entire diocese still reeling from the shock of Fr. Jose Eliseo Buenviaje’s sudden demise on Dec. 13 from a heart attack, Novaliches Bishop Antonio R. Tobias, DD encouraged the faithful to take the time to cope with the pastor’s passing.

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