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La Naval: Be inspired by Mama Mary

A Catholic bishop asked the faithful to draw inspiration from the Blessed Mother whenever their faith is tested. "At times when our faith in God is being tested... remember our Blessed Mother," Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said during the Mass celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of La Naval at the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City Sunday. Ongtioco said Mary risked her life when she accepted the mission to be the mother of Jesus. "She risked her life because at that time a woman who gets pregnant without a husband will be stoned to death. But the Blessed Mother chose to trust God," he said. Although chosen to be the mother of the Son of God, Mary also went through different trials and problems. Ongtioco said. "But these did not deter her... rather it …

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Coming soon in cinemas: May 2019 poll debates?

Imagine the debates in the May 2019 senatorial elections being shown at a theater near you. The spokesman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) flirted with the idea in his tweet on Saturday, October 8, inspired by the upcoming second presidential debate in the United States. “The 2nd US presidential debate will be aired live at more than 200 US cinemas. Nudge-nudge Robinsons, SM, Ayala malls. #PiliPinasDebates2019,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in his Twitter account @jabjimenez. The second debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, to be held at Washington University on Monday, October 10 (Philippine time), will be screened in more than 200 Regal Cinemas theaters in the US, Fortune magazine reported. Regal Cinemas said it will air the debate for free, offering viewers a complimentary small soda with every popcorn purchase for the special …

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Negros church leaders condemn cases of extrajudicial killings

Four dioceses in Negros Island have condemned cases of extrajudicial killings in the country. In a joint pastoral statement, the Bishops of Bacolod, Dumaguete, and San Carlos, and the Diocesan Administrator of Kabankalan said they were deeply saddened and greatly disturbed by the ever-increasing spate of extrajudicial killings in connection with the anti-drug campaign of the administration. Bishops Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos, Patricio Buzon of Bacolod, Julito Cortes of Dumaguete and Fr. Rolando Nueva said they were concerned with the inadequate action on the part of government to check the extrajudicial killings and to bring their perpetrators to justice; the incendiary statements of the administration which tend to encourage the killing of drug addicts and the seeming apathy and indifference of the general public in the face of these extrajudicial killings.” "We …

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OFWs hunger for shift in labor policy under Duterte

Migrante International, the largest global alliance of overseas Filipinos, is hoping to hear from President Duterte how he plans to decisively deviate from the labor export policy in the coming months. The group said overseas Filipino workers and their families also want to hear the president create decent and sustainable local jobs to end the cycle of forced migration. “We expect to see his political will on ending labor export and other neoliberal policies imposed by foreign powers. It is high time for the Duterte administration to depart from past governments’ recourse to chronically seek job markets abroad in exchange for remittances despite the ongoing global crisis and to the detriment of OFWs and their families. This cycle has got to end,” Mic Catuira, Migrante’s Acting Secretary General, said in a statement. Still, …

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Tagle tells faithful: Do more than offer prayers, offer help

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Friday asked the faithful not to be contented with going to church only, saying their expression of faith should also be accompanied by acts of mercy. His Eminence reminded the faithful that doing acts of mercy such as helping the poor or feeding the hungry should not be treated as “extra curricular activities.” “Others will say that they go to church every Sunday and recite the rosary and novenas...that they join processions...attend catechisms and Bible sharing...that’s good and these should be continued because these are pillars of our faith,” said Tagle in his homily during the Thanksgiving Mass for the recent canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros. “But our faith life wont be complete if we dont work for the …

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Church leaders praise Duterte’s first 100 days

Church leaders believe President Rodrigo Duterte did well in his first 100 days in office. Although the Duterte administration is not “perfect,” church leaders said they could see his sincere desire to bring change in the country. “I think he is doing well. Although sometimes he has a way with words and he is very loud... you can see that he has an objective,” Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, a member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said in an interview. He cited the Chief Executive’s campaign promise to rid the country of illegal drugs as an example. “That was his promise. Is there rape now that are drug-related? Maybe there still are but not that many unlike before. Do you feel more safe now when you walk in the street or …

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Pope appoints new Ozamis Archbishop

Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad has been named as the new Archbishop of Ozamis. Pope Francis appointed Jumoad to Ozamis, Tuesday. In a CBCP News post, the prelate thanked God for giving him another chance to serve another local church. He also thanked Pope Francis for the trust and confidence. "I leave Basilan with a heavy heart because I know the people and they love me. I will go to Ozamiz with faith and hope that the Lord will never abandon me and He will show me what to do,” he said. “Please pray for me!” Archbishop-elect Jumoad has been serving for 14 years as bishop of the Prelature of Isabela in Basilan.

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‘Pray the rosary, resist evil’

Lingayen - Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas asked the faithful to resist the attacks of evil by praying the rosary, hearing Holy Mass and going to confession. "Let us fight the confusion and errors, let us resist the attacks of evil by the power of the daily rosary, the gift of daily Holy Communion and the humble penance for sins," he said in his reflection released Saturday, October 1. October is a month dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to Villegas, the rosary in our hands and on our lips are "powerful weapons for our time." "So simple we take for granted yet so powerful for world change," he said. Villegas also urged the faithful to attend daily Mass for the healing of all Filipinos in the Philippines and abroad from anger and indifference, from cynicism …

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1,190 OFWs repatriated from Saudi Arabia: DOLE

More than a thousand overseas Filipino workers were repatriated from Saudi Arabia in the first two weeks of September, said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the 1,190 OFWs (as of September 14) that were repatriated availed of the government’s ‘Bring Them Home’ mission program, which aims to bring home the stranded and overstaying OFWs due to the employment crisis in the Middle East. The drop in oil prices has led to the disruption of mostly construction firms that employed a large number of Filipino workers. "The 1,190 OFWs who have returned home came from three major cities of the KSA namely, Jeddah with 259 repatriates; Riyadh with 749; and Al Khobar with 182,” said Bello in a statement. Also part of the programs …

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Church launching nationwide prayer campaign for peace, other intentions

The Catholic Church in the Philippines, which stressed that a nation in prayer is a nation at peace, will officially launch on today the prayer campaign "A Million Roses for the World.” To be held at the San Juan de Letran Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, the prayer campaign is aimed at encouraging the faithful to pray for the nation daily by reciting the five mysteries of the rosary from September 20 to December 23. Each mystery of the Rosary will have an intention for the end to violence, peace, the OFWs issues, persecuted Christians and the special intention of a particular province. "We have forgotten to pray. We have neglected to pray. We have been too busy with ourselves building our towers of Babel," Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic …

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