• Cardinal Tagle leads Mass for the celebration of the Dedication of St. John Lateran


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the Eucharistic celebration for the Dedication of St. John Lateran at the San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex in Makati City on November 9.

    “My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we thank God for bringing us together as one community on this celebration of the Dedication of St. John Lateran. This is the Basilica which is also the cathedral of the Church of Rome. It is the cathedral of the bishop of Rome. So, we are celebrating today, our communion with the whole church in the ministry and the service of the local Church of Rome and especially of the Holy Father,” Tagle said during his homily.

    Photo by Leahna Villajos/Radio Veritas

    In his homily before the clergy, religious, and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Cardinal stated the reason of celebrating in Manila and in other parts of the world the dedication of a church in Rome.

    “This is an opportunity for us also to reflect on the spirituality of the temple. This is not just about a building. This is the temple of God and the beauty of our Christian faith and scriptures is that symbols are multi-layered. Symbols are open to a wealth of meaning and significance,” he said.

    Referring to the temple or church not only as a building, Tagle also emphasized that it is also the Body of Christ.  A dwelling place where “life is rejuvenated, where people are sanctified, and where God is glorified.” 

    He added that the faithful are called to enter the heart of Jesus, whom he referred to as the living temple.

    “The temple of God is there to enter and we enter not just a building. We enter Jesus. We enter his heart. We are transformed as we enter Jesus. And we enter Jesus, we become his body and hopefully, as the body of Christ, the living community. Many people will be sanctified.  Many people will be able to render God fitting service.”

    The celebration of the Dedication of St. John Lateran also coincides with the annual commemoration of the departed clergy, religious, and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila. 

    Tagle remembered in the Mass these people who according to him “have offered their lives unto death strengthening the living body of Christ, inviting many people to be living stones.”

    On November 8, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) personnel prayed for all the departed clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila at the crypt of the Manila Cathedral and at the La Loma Catholic Cemetery. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Tulay ng Kabataan celebrates 20th year anniversary


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the 20th anniversary of Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation (Anak-TNK) at the Ateneo de Manila High School on November 3 at 6:00 p.m.

    TNK aims to give life to those people who have lost their dignity because of poverty.

    Since its foundation in 1998, TNK has been serving the poorest of the poor in Manila and have helped 54,000 children including those who are handicapped, abandoned, in slum areas as well as the elderly people. 

    Each year, there are 1,300 children and elderly who are sheltered in 30 centers in Manila.

    Photo Credit: Élise Cruse/Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation


    Delivering his homily in front of two thousand children who attended the event, Cardinal Tagle said that Tulay ng Kabataan has been giving life to many children for twenty years noting that the essence of living is being able to give life to other people the way TNK has been doing. 

    “Kaya tayo binigyan ng buhay ay para magbigay buhay. Hindi tayo binigyan ng buhay para pumatay. Binigyan tayo ng buhay para magbigay buhay sa iba,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    He encouraged the people especially the children to celebrate life by loving God with all their heart and soul and by loving other people the way they love themselves. He also stressed that it is because of God’s love that humanity was saved from sin. 

    “Tayo ay nabuhay dahil inibig tayo ng Diyos. Patuloy tayong mabubuhay pag tayo ay mag-iibigan. At patuloy na mamamayani ang buhay at malalabanan ang puwersa ng kamatayan kung may pag-ibig. Hanggat hindi ganap at lumalaganap ang pag-ibig tuloy ang kamatayan,'" he said.

    At the end of his homily, Tagle expressed a powerful message to the young people who are renewed with love from Tulay ng Kabataan, the house they called their home.

    “Marami tayong plano pero simple lang ang plano ng Diyos, magmahalan kayo ay mabubuhay. Kung saan may pag-ibig, may buhay. Kung saan may pag-ibig naroon ang Diyos. Ang Diyos ng pag-ibig ay ang Diyos ng buhay, “ he said.

    The whole day activity showcased the children’s ability in sports and developed camaraderie among the other children. The celebration was capped with the display of fireworks at 9 p.m. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • 8th Manila Cathedral Pipe Organ Concert features MARIA: The Most Beautiful Sound


    The wonderful life of Mary as the Mother of God and Mother of the Church was showcased at the 8th Pipe Organ Concert at the Manila Cathedral last November 9.

    The concert entitled MARIA: The Most Beautiful Sound also marked the 60th Anniversary of the rebuilding and consecration of the Manila Cathedral post-war.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle told the faithful in his message to fix their gaze on Mary, who he said “is truly God’s most beautiful artwork” and “God’s divine obra maestra.”

    “Together, let us lovingly set our eyes on our Blessed Mother as we ponder also the history and vocation of our Mother Church, the Manila Cathedral,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle sings the finale song "Inay" during the 8th Manila Cathedral Pipe Organ Concert (Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao)


    Singer Frenchie Dy, dubbed as the country’s “Big time Belter” opened the concert with a song entitled “When You Believe” with the Manila Cathedral-Basilica Choir. Star in Million champion Eric Santos delighted the crowd with his rendition of “You Raise Me up”. Folk singer and composer Noel Cabangon Chua did a medley of the songs “Ugoy ng Duyan” and “Payapang Daigdig.”

    Other guests include Poppert Bernadas, Cheska Sarausad, Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante, Caisa Borromeo, Alfritz Blanche, and the Southernside Dance Theater. A video of the song “Mary Did You Know” by El Gamma Penumbra was also shown.

    Cardinal Tagle ended the night by singing the beautiful song, “Inay’’earning loud claps from the crowd.

    MARIA: The Most Beautiful Sound was directed by Rem Zamora, musical direction by Ejay Yatco, and written by Cathy Azanza-Dy. It was produced by The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica Foundation, Inc. with Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc., and A+B Expedio Integrated Marketing Communications, Inc.

    The Pipe Organ Festival is an annual event of The Manila Cathedral that started in 2006. After the 6th Pipe Organ Festival in 2012, the cathedral was closed for retrofitting and much needed structural repairs. In 2012, the festival resumed. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocese of Manila website nominated as Best Diocesan Website

     


    The Archdiocese of Manila is nominated as Best Diocesan Website in the 2018 Catholic Social Media Awards (CSMA).

    The website of the Archdiocese of Manila (www.rcam.org) serves as a source of information on the Archdiocese of Manila and for mainstream media. It also features various events and activities of the Social Communications Ministry of the different parishes in the archdiocese. 

    The website was launched on July 25, 2003, with the initiative of then Manila Auxiliary Bishop Socrates B. Villegas under the term of then Manila Archbishop Jaime L. Cardinal Sin.

    It was re-designed and was relaunched on March 3, 2012, during Manila Archdiocesan General Pastoral Assembly (MAGPAS) with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle doing the ceremonial log-on to the website.

    In 2016, CSMA awarded the Best Diocesan Website to the Archdiocese of Manila website.

    The CSMA recognizes the best communicators of Catholic content through the various social media platforms and believes in the value and importance of online evangelization.

    On November 17, 2018, the CSMA will hold its awarding ceremony at Sienna College, Quezon City, at 7 p.m.

    The CSMA was organized by Youth Pinoy in collaboration with Areopagus Communication Inc. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • St. Joseph Parish and Kambal na Krus Chapel launch Parade of Saints


    The St Joseph Parish in Gagalangin Tondo, Manila together with Kambal na Krus Chapel Community, a chapel under the jurisdiction of the parish have launched its first Parade of Saints.

    Aimed at propagating the rich treasures of the Catholic faith, the Parade of Saints promotes the true essence of celebrating All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day.

    (Eijay Valerio/SOCOM-St. Joseph Parish, Gagalangin Tondo)

    The activity was held on October 20 at Kambal na Krus Chapel Community and October 28, at St Joseph Parish, Gagalangin. 

    Youth among the various barangays in cooperation with the Sangguniang Kabataan officials together with the mandated organizations of the parish enjoined the activity and dressed up like a Saint. 

    The Parade of Saints was concluded with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fathers Joselino B. Tuazon and Conegundo B. Garganta. (Eijay Valerio/SOCOM-St. Joseph Parish, Gagalangin Tondo)


    Here are some of the photos during the Parade of Saints

     

  • San Felipe Neri Parish Youth Ministry holds Holy-Win: Dress Like a Saint contest


    The San Felipe Neri Parish Youth Ministry (SFNPYM) conducted their 6th year of Holy-Win: Dress Like A Saint-Contest last Sunday, October 28, 2018, 2:00 p.m., at San Felipe Neri Parish, Mandaluyong City. 

    The Holy-Win: Dress Like A Saint-Contest is a yearly activity of SFNPYM where the children, the youth, and the adults are dressed in saints’ vestments or costumes to bring back the celebration of the "Hallowed Eve" or the Feast of All Saints, rather than letting them wear scary and horrific costumes of ghosts, witches, and other evil characters. Instead of Halloween, it is named as “Holy-Win” where the saints are honored and glorified with God for their victory against the temptations of sin and their success in attaining holiness.

    Photo by Information and Communications Ministry / San Felipe Neri Parish

    Parishioners and other members of the parish’s ministry and organization were highly encouraged to participate in the activity to replace the secular celebration of the Halloween with a sacred and meaningful one and also to encourage the children, the youth and the adults to become models of holiness by imitating the Saints. 

    The participants were divided into three (3) categories: ages 5 to 12 for the Children’s Category, ages 13 to 25 for the Youth Category, and lastly ages 26 & up for the Adult Category. 

    This year, there were sixty-three (63) young and brave participants who registered for the event.

    The program started with the presentation and introduction of the Saint participants. Each participant was on their best character and attire to really let people see the Saint that they are portraying to. Resourcefulness, creativity, and simplicity were evident. 

    Highlighting the event was the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fr. Hans Magdurulang, the Parochial Vicar of San Felipe Neri Parish, at 4:00 pm where the participants and their parents were recognized.

    Before the final blessing, the winners of the said contest were announced and awarded. The Holy Win Dress Like A Saint is not only a contest but an occasion that teaches everyone to be holy, not scary. (Fatima Maisog Llanza and Ma. Chiara Raphaela D. Leornas / San Felipe Neri Parish)

  • Archdiocese of Manila celebrates “Araw ng mga Katekista”


    The Archdiocese of Manila celebrated the “Araw ng mga Katekista” last October 13, 2018, at the San Carlos Auditorium in Makati City.

    Dubbed as “KATEKISTA: KUWENTO, KANTA,” the event recognized the selfless service of the catechists who continuously serve the faithful especially the young people with passion and dedication to their vocation.

    The activity commenced with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fr. Carlo Magno Marcelo, Minister of the Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila (CFAM).

    "Mapapalad ang mga nakikinig ng Salita ng Diyos at tumutupad nito,"  Fr. Marcelo said during his homily as he reflected on the Gospel of Luke.

    Photo from CFAM Website


    According to the news posted at the CFAM website, the priest reminded the catechists of the importance of listening and living out the story of God. He also encouraged them to reflect and understand God’s message to them as catechists. He as well urged them to continue inspiring other catechists to serve the people by telling their own stories of faith, hope, and love.

    “KATEKISTA: KUWENTO, KANTA” is a special presentation that featured the life story of the catechists and how they responded to the call of God to become of service to him. The show also tackled topics like Alternative Catechesis and Beyond Catechetical Boarders.

    Highlighting the celebration were performances from selected guest singers that gave life to the songs written by Fr. Carlo Marcelo about the colorful and meaningful journey on the life of a catechist.

    Sr. Leah Japos and CFAM Choir, Ms. Geli Federoso, Sr. Susay Valdez and Mr. Oggie Benipayo, Fr. Gelo Parlan and Katekista Band, and Ms. Rosanna Robles were among those who sang the beautiful music of Fr. Marcelo. 

    The event was attended by the catechists (full time and volunteers), parishes, and schools from the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2018


    Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all

    Dear young people, I would like to reflect with you on the mission that we have received from Christ. In speaking to you, I also address all Christians who live out in the Church the adventure of their life as children of God. What leads me to speak to everyone through this conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us. “Mission revitalizes faith” (Redemptoris Missio, 2), in the words of Saint John Paul II, a Pope who showed such great love and concern for young people.

    The Synod to be held in Rome this coming October, the month of the missions, offers us an opportunity to understand more fully, in the light of faith, what the Lord Jesus wants to say to you young people, and, through you, to all Christian communities.

    World Youth Day Cross (Photo from Vatican News Website)


    Life is a mission

    Every man and woman is a mission; that is the reason for our life on this earth. To be attracted and to be sent are two movements that our hearts, especially when we are young, feel as interior forces of love; they hold out promise for our future and they give direction to our lives. More than anyone else, young people feel the power of life breaking in upon us and attracting us. To live out joyfully our responsibility for the world is a great challenge. I am well aware of lights and shadows of youth; when I think back to my youth and my family, I remember the strength of my hope for a better future. The fact that we are not in this world by our own choice makes us sense that there is an initiative that precedes us and makes us exist. Each one of us is called to reflect on this fact: “I am a mission on this Earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world” (Evangelii Gaudium, 273).

    We proclaim Jesus Christ

    The Church, by proclaiming what she freely received (cf. Mt 10:8; Acts 3:6), can share with you young people the way and truth which give meaning to our life on this earth. Jesus Christ, who died and rose for us, appeals to our freedom and challenges us to seek, discover and proclaim this message of truth and fulfilment. Dear young people, do not be afraid of Christ and his Church! For there we find the treasure that fills life with joy. I can tell you this from my own experience: thanks to faith, I found the sure foundation of my dreams and the strength to realize them. I have seen great suffering and poverty mar the faces of so many of our brothers and sisters. And yet, for those who stand by Jesus, evil is an incentive to ever greater love. Many men and women, and many young people, have generously sacrificed themselves, even at times to martyrdom, out of love for the Gospel and service to their brothers and sisters. From the cross of Jesus we learn the divine logic of self-sacrifice (cf. 1 Cor 1:17-25) as a proclamation of the Gospel for the life of the world (cf. Jn 3:16). To be set afire by the love of Christ is to be consumed by that fire, to grow in understanding by its light and to be warmed by its love (cf. 2 Cor 5:14). At the school of the saints, who open us to the vast horizons of God, I invite you never to stop wondering: “What would Christ do if he were in my place?”

    Transmitting the faith to the ends of the earth

    You too, young friends, by your baptism have become living members of the Church; together we have received the mission to bring the Gospel to everyone. You are at the threshold of life. To grow in the grace of the faith bestowed on us by the Church’s sacraments plunges us into that great stream of witnesses who, generation after generation, enable the wisdom and experience of older persons to become testimony and encouragement for those looking to the future. And the freshness and enthusiasm of the young makes them a source of support and hope for those nearing the end of their journey. In this blend of different stages in life, the mission of the Church bridges the generations; our faith in God and our love of neighbor are a source of profound unity.

    This transmission of the faith, the heart of the Church’s mission, comes about by the infectiousness of love, where joy and enthusiasm become the expression of a newfound meaning and fulfilment in life. The spread of the faith “by attraction” calls for hearts that are open and expanded by love. It is not possible to place limits on love, for love is strong as death (cf. Song 8:6). And that expansion generates encounter, witness, proclamation; it generates sharing in charity with all those far from the faith, indifferent to it and perhaps even hostile and opposed to it. Human, cultural and religious settings still foreign to the Gospel of Jesus and to the sacramental presence of the Church represent the extreme peripheries, the “ends of the earth”, to which, ever since the first Easter, Jesus’ missionary disciples have been sent, with the certainty that their Lord is always with them (cf. Mt 28:20; Acts 1:8). This is what we call the missio ad gentes. The most desolate periphery of all is where mankind, in need of Christ, remains indifferent to the faith or shows hatred for the fullness of life in God. All material and spiritual poverty, every form of discrimination against our brothers and sisters, is always a consequence of the rejection of God and his love.

    The ends of the earth, dear young people, nowadays are quite relative and always easily “navigable”. The digital world – the social networks that are so pervasive and readily available – dissolves borders, eliminates distances and reduces differences. Everything appears within reach, so close and immediate. And yet lacking the sincere gift of our lives, we could well have countless contacts but never share in a true communion of life. To share in the mission to the ends of the earth demands the gift of oneself in the vocation that God, who has placed us on this earth, chooses to give us (cf. Lk 9:23-25). I dare say that, for a young man or woman who wants to follow Christ, what is most essential is to seek, to discover and to persevere in his or her vocation.

    Bearing witness to love

    I am grateful to all those ecclesial groups that make it possible for you to have a personal encounter with Christ living in his Church: parishes, associations, movements, religious communities, and the varied expressions of missionary service. How many young people find in missionary volunteer work a way of serving the “least” of our brothers and sisters (cf. Mt 25:40), promoting human dignity and witnessing to the joy of love and of being Christians! These ecclesial experiences educate and train young people not only for professional success, but also for developing and fostering their God-given gifts in order better to serve others. These praiseworthy forms of temporary missionary service are a fruitful beginning and, through vocational discernment, they can help you to decide to make a complete gift of yourselves as missionaries.

    The Pontifical Mission Societies were born of young hearts as a means of supporting the preaching of the Gospel to every nation and thus contributing to the human and cultural growth of all those who thirst for knowledge of the truth. The prayers and the material aid generously given and distributed through the Pontifical Mission Societies enable the Holy See to ensure that those who are helped in their personal needs can in turn bear witness to the Gospel in the circumstances of their daily lives. No one is so poor as to be unable to give what they have, but first and foremost what they are. Let me repeat the words of encouragement that I addressed to the young people of Chile: “Never think that you have nothing to offer, or that nobody needs you. Many people need you. Think about it! Each of you, think in your heart: many people need me” (Meeting with Young People, Maipu Shrine, 17 January 2018).

    Dear young people, this coming October, the month of the missions, we will hold the Synod devoted to you. It will prove to be one more occasion to help us become missionary disciples, ever more passionately devoted to Jesus and his mission, to the ends of the earth. I ask Mary, Queen of the Apostles, Saint Francis Xavier, Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and Blessed Paolo Manna to intercede for all of us and to accompany us always.


    From the Vatican, 20 May 2018, Solemnity of Pentecost

    FRANCIS

     

  • Devotees venerate heart relic of Padre Pio in Davao


    Coming from different places in Davao, thousands of Davaoeños devotees of Padre Pio queued for the public veneration of the incorrupt heart relic of the saint from October 14-17, 2018.

    The heart relic of the Italian priest coming from Cebu arrived at the Davao Airport on October 14, at 10 a.m., followed by a motorcade going to Ateneo de Davao Matina Campus where Bishop George Rimando, Auxiliary Bishop of Davao presided over the Holy Eucharist.

    The public veneration started at 1 p.m. followed by a conference on the life of Padre Pio at 5 p.m.

    Photo from Davao Catholic Herald Official Facebook Page

    A procession from the Ateneo University to the San Pedro Cathedral took place at 8 p.m. where the relic stayed for a day before it was transferred to the St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary (REMASE) on October 16. On that day, the priests and religious had the chance to venerate the relic as part of the celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons before it was brought back to the cathedral for the celebration of the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

    Culminating the visit of the heart relic before it was brought back to Batangas, a Holy Eucharist was held at 6 a.m. at the cathedral. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Marawi children among “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign


    The Aid to Church in Need Philippines launched the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign on Monday, October 15.

    Among the children who will be joining the worldwide campaign in reciting the Holy Rosary on Oct. 18, at 9 a.m. are the Marawi children from the Philippines who are victims of war and persecution.

    In the Philippines, there are 1,293 parishes, 777 schools, and 41 dioceses who commit to participate in this year’s campaign and is in partnership with the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).

    From left, ACN Philippines National Director Jonathan Luciano, ACN Philippines’ Chief Operating Officer Amb. Henrietta de Villa and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan are the panelists during the launching of the "One Million Children Praying the Rosary" Campaign on October 15. (Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring)

    The highlight of the celebration will be at the San Jose Academy in Navotas (Diocese of Kalookan) where the orphans of EJK victims who are scholars of the diocese in the said school will lead in the praying of the rosary.

    Aside from the Marawi children, joining the prayer campaign via video are selected children from Syria (Aleppo), Korea (Seoul), Australia, and a special group of children from San Jose Academy.

    According to Jonathan Luciano, ACN Philippines’ National Director, they did not only focus on the prayer component of this year’s campaign.

    “When you pray the rosary, dapat merong charity na kasama. The rosary itself is a prayer of peace and it is also an act of charity to others,” Luciano said quoting Pope John Paul II during a press conference held on October. 15.

    Luciano added that the campaign advances its cause to a more concrete expression of solidarity through the “One Peso Solidarity Project”. The project encourages children to donate a portion of their allowance dedicated to projects that would help other children in the different world especially those who are undergoing extreme depression, discrimination, and are persecuted in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

    The one million children who will join in the praying the rosary will sign their names in a Friendship and Solidarity Form and will be encouraged to donate ONE PESO (1.00) as a token of solidarity and support to the suffering children across the world.

    The “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” initially started in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas in 2005.

    ACN is the charity arm of the Holy Father founded in 1947. Through its three pillars: information, prayer, and action, ACN helps Christians who are persecuted and oppressed. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

    ACN is the charity arm of the Holy Father founded in 1947. Through its three pillars: information, prayer, and action, ACN helps Christians who are persecuted and oppressed. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Priest asks devotees to love like Christ and Padre Pio

    When we love truly, we get hurt deeply.

    These were the words that Antipolo Bishop Francisco De Leon uttered in front of the thousands of devotees of St. Padre Pio who heard Mass on the second day of visit of the heart relic at The Manila Cathedral at 12:10 p.m.

     

    “But real love and to love really, you have to be open to the other person. If you’re not then, that is not real love. But there is a danger of being open to another person and the danger is this. Pwede kang masaktan kapag binuksan mo ang iyong puso sa isang tao siya’y minamahal mo pwede kang masaktan,”  Bishop de Leon said.

    Capuchin Priests prepare the incorrupt heart relic of Padre Pio enclosed inside a glass container for public veneration in Davao. 
    (Photo by Nemrieck Kiel Umali/Diocese of Digos Social Communications)

     

    Reflecting on the events in the life of Christ, Bishop de Leon said, the love of Christ is like the love of God to mankind. Christ, who is the son of God embraced his sufferings during the times when he was persecuted.

    At that time, one of his apostles betrayed him, the other denied him and the rest run away from him. Despite these things, his unconditional love prevailed. He chose to forgive and died on the cross.

    “Subalit ang ginawa niya ay siya’y nagpatawad mula pa sa krus. Panginoon patawarin mo sila hindi nila nalalaman ang kanilang ginagawa. That wound and that heart crucified him on the cross and killed him but on the third day he arose again,” he said.

    Like Christ, Padre Pio also has his own sufferings like that of Christ. The holy priest bore the same wounds of Christ.

    “And that stigmata are not punishment given by God. It is a privilege given by God.  If you really love Jesus and the cross, if you truly follow the cross, Jesus saying, “If you like to follow me carry your cross, you will suffer, we will suffer,” he said.

    Padre Pio’s stigmata were doubted by the church including the monastery where he belonged. They thought the wounds came from the devil. Because of that, he was forbidden to hear confession and celebrate public mass.

    At the end of his homily, Bishop De Leon challenged the devotees to imitate the saint’s characteristics.

    “Kung totoong devotee tayo ni Padre Pio, hindi lang misa, hindi lang nobena, hindi lang paghalik sa relic, kundi paggaya sa kanya, sa kanyang pagmamahal kahit masakit, patuloy na nagmamahal hanggang sa wakas ng kanyang buhay,” he said.

    Bishop De Leon also reminded the faithful to embrace their own sufferings and cross in life.

    “Kaya nga sa bawat simbahan may cross to remind us of the depth and the width and the pain of the love of Christ,” he said.

    The heart relic visited the University of Santo Tomas (Oct. 8), The Manila Cathedral (Oct. 9-11), Archdiocese of Cebu (Oct. 11-14), and currently at the Archdiocese of Davao (Oct. 14-16).

    After the visit to Davao, the relic will be brought to Lipa, Batangas on Oct. 17, then back to the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on Oct. 18 – 26  before it returns to Italy. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cebu welcomes heart relic of St. Padre Pio


    The incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio was transferred to the Archdiocese of Cebu after a Farewell Mass was held at The Manila Cathedral on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at 6 a.m.

    The Holy Eucharist was presided by Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio, Vicar General and Moderator Curiae of the Archdiocese Manila.

    At past 7 a.m., the relic was brought to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport together with Father Joselin Gonda, rector of National Shrine and Parish of Padre Pio in Batangas. The relic stayed in Cebu from Oct. 11-14.


    Cebuanos warmly welcome the heart relic of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral (Photo by Rev. Fr Joselin Gonda's Facebook Page)


    Upon the arrival of the heart relic in Cebu, a Welcome Mass was held at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral presided over by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma at 10:30 a.m.

    In an article posted at the CBCP website, Archbishop Palma, in his homily encouraged Padre Pio’s devotees to pray for their personal intentions as well as the welfare of the country.

    “When we come and pray before the heart of Saint Padre Pio, pray for the nation, for the transformation of our society,” Archbishop Palma said.

    “Let’s also pray that his visit will bring grace to those in need,” he added.

    Veneration and confession were held during the relic’s stay at the cathedral.

    The sacred relic was transported from the Cebu Cathedral to the IEC Pavillion on Oct. 12,  after the 10:30 a.m. Mass led by Rev. Msgr. Ruben C. Lajo of the Cebu Cathedral.

    Series of conferences on the Person, Life, and Spirituality of Padre Pio and Renewed Servant Leaders for (Clergy and Consecrated Persons) for New Evangelization were held on the same day.

    On Oct. 13, a Mass was held in the IEC Pavilion, sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima. Public veneration was held from 4 to 9 p.m. 

    At midnight, Fr. Jonald Concha of the Archdiocese of Cebu officiated the anticipated Mass.

    Before the relic of the famous saint flies to Davao, a concelebrated Mass was held at 6 a.m. presided over by Rev. Fr. Dennis Villarojo, Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu.

    The relic will visit Davao starting Oct. 14-16. It will be brought to San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa City, Batangas on Oct. 17 and will be brought back to the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on Oct. 18-26 before it returns back to Italy.

  • Homily delivered by Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon during Mass for the visit of the heart relic of Saint Padre Pio at the Manila Cathedral on October 10, 2018, at 12:10 p.m.


    Brother priests, the devotees of St. Padre Pio and my brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,

    Para sa marami sa atin ang puso ay sagisag ng pagmamahal.  Kaya nga kapag ang isang lalaki o babae ay may gusto sa isang babae o lalaki ay sinasabi niyang siya ang aking napupusuan. At kapag sila’y kinasal na ay sinasabi siya’y kabiyak ng aking puso. Kapag ang isang tao ay malupit, cruel, mean, sinasabi din wala kang puso buti pa ang punong saging may puso.

    But real love and to love really, you have to be open to the other person. If you’re not then, that is not real love. But there is a danger of being open to another person and the danger is this. Pwede kang masaktan kapag binuksan mo ang iyong puso sa isang tao siya’y minamahal mo pwede kang masaktan.

    Photo by Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM AOC

    So, to be open is to be vulnerable.  The word vulnerable comes from the latin “vulnus” which means wounded, vulnus is wound. So, vulnerable in tagalong is “sugatable”. Pwede kang masugatan. But that is love at makikita natin yan sa ating Panginoong Hesus. Batid natin na minahal niya tayong mga tao. Ang pagmamahal niya sa tao ay katulad ng pagmamahal ng Diyos sa tao. Pero dahil mahal niya ang mga tao at binuksan niya ang kaniyang sarili siya’y nasugatan. Sa labindalawang pinili niyang mga apostoles isa ang nagkanulo sa kanya. Isa naman denied him three times. Ang iba naman ay tinakbuhan siya nung siya’y inaresto sa halamanan ng Gethsemane. Isa lang ang natira doon sa paanan ng krus, si San Juan Ébanghelista. Kaya pati anak ng Diyos na nagmahal at nagbukas ay nasaktan. Subalit ang ginawa niya ay siya’y nagpatawad mula pa sa krus, “Panginoon patawarin mo sila hindi nila nalalaman ang kanilang ginagawa”. That wound and that heart crucified him on the cross and killed him but on the third day he arose again.  

    The greatest commandment given to us by the Lord Jesus is this, Love God and love another. Love God with all your your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength, and with all your soul.  Love one another as I have love you.  Kaya ang tunay na tagasunod ni Hesus ay tunay na nagmamahal. Handing masaktan at handa ring magpatawad.

    Si Padre Pio na narito ngayon ang incorrupt heart ay nagmahal. Minahal niya ang Diyos, minahal niya si Hesus, minahal niya ang simbahan. Subalit siya ay nasaktan.  Ang sasabihin ko lang sa inyo ay yung nabasa ko at yung napanood ko sa kanyang buhay. Nasaktan siya ng Diyos sapagkat hindi niya alam kung ano ang ibig ng Diyos sa kanya. Parati niyang itinatanong, “Lord what do you want me to do?” Buhat pa noong pumasok siya sa monasteryo at naging pari at nagkaroon ng stigmata, Lord what do you want me to do?” E masakit po iyun di po ba. Na hindi mo alam kung ano ang ibig sayo ng Diyos. Hindi mo alam kung anong misyon ang ibinibigay sa’yo ng Diyos. Mas madaling pasanin at gawin ang isang mas mahirap na bagay kung alam mo kung ano ito, kung bakit ito.  The how is easy if you know the why.

    Nasaktan rin si Padre Pio ng simabahan. Pinagdudahan kung saan galing ang kanyang stigmata.  Maaari raw sa demonyo. At minsan pa nga pinagbawalan siyang magpakumpisal na ibig, ibig niyang gawin. Matagal siya sa doon confesionario so many hours. He spent so many hours hearing confessions but he was forbidden to do so. He was also forbidden to celebrate a mass for the public. He was allowed to celebrate a mass by himself pero walang mga tao. Matagal niyang tiniis yuon hanggang sa inalis yun ng simbahan, yung mga ipinagbabawal sa kanya ay ibinalik.

    Pero hindi lang simbahan pati na yung mga kasamahan niya sa grupo. Nasaktan din siya sapagkat ilan sa kanila doubting him. At noong siya’y nag fundrasing para magpagawa ng hospital, maraming donation, nag-contribute, pero kinausap siya ng grupo ng mga superiors na, “pwede ibigay mo sa amin ang pera”? Bakit? “Kasi yung investment namin ay nalugi at maraming umasa sa aming ibang mga tao, wala kaming maibigay”. Ang sagot ni Padre Pio, “hindi ko maaaring ibigay dahil hindi sa akin ang pera, it belong to the hospital. Yung sa akin, ibibgay ko,” kaya dumukot siya sa bulsa ng ilang kusing, istampita, rosario at yun ang ibinigay. So, he was pressured to give the money, but he refused. Hanggang dumating ang araw inalis siya sa pamamahala ng hospital. Hindi na siya ang pwedeng mamahala sa hospital. At merong mga ilang siyang confriar na nagsasabi sa kanya, “huwag mong sundin ang simbahan, unfair, hinatulan ka, parati ka na lang pina-iimbestigahan”. At parating sinasabi ni Padre Pio the church has a reason for that and it is the duty of the church to do that”. Nasaktan na siya pinagtatanggol pa niya. Ilang tao ang makakagawa noon. Sapagkat mahal niya ang Diyos, mahal niya ang simbahan kaya siya nasaktan. Kung hindi mo mahal ang isang tao siguro kung masasaktan ka, mababaw lamang. Pero kung mahal mo ang isang tao, mahal mo ang Diyos, mahal mo ang simbahan malalim ang sakit na kakamtin mo. Very painful kaya marahil incorrupt ang puso ni Padre Io sapagkat wagas, tunay at walang kaduda duda ang kanyang pagmamahal.

    Sabi pa niya my “nourishment is the cross of Christ”. Ganun na lamang ang pagmamahal niya sa krus ni Hesus kaya siya nagkaroon ng  stigmata. Ang limang sugat ni Hesus ay lumitaw sa kanya: dalawang kamay, dalawang paa, tagiliran. And that stigmata is not punishment given by god. It is a privilege given by God.  If you really love Jesus and the cross, if you truly follow the cross, Jesus saying, “If you like to follow me carry your cross, you will suffer, we will suffer”. Kahit ikaw ay magulang, asawa, o pari lahat tayo basta’t tunay na nagmahal, we will experience the cross of Christ. And let us not reject that cross because that cross will save us. Like the cross of Jesus, like the cross of Father Pio and like the cross of St. Francis of Assisi.

    Si St. Francis of Assisi nagkaroon din ng stigmata. And they did not reject the suffering, they embrace it. How many of us can do that? If we are truly devotees of St. Padre Pio, we will not reject the cross, we will embrace the cross kahit napakasakit. Because again and again we will be hurt, and again and again we will be asked to forgive. Minsan ibig na nating maghiganti. Lintik lang ang walang ganti! But Jesus asked us to forgive seventeen times seven times kung totoong sumusunod tayo kay Jesus. Kung totoong devotee tayo ni Padre Pio, hindi lang misa, hindi lang nobena, hindi lang paghalik sa relic, kundi paggaya sa kanya, sa kanyang pagmamahal kahit masakit, patuloy na nagmamahal hanggang sa wakas ng kanyang buhay.

    Kaya pagnilay nilayan po natin iyan mga kapatid. Hindi madaling maging devotee ni St. Padre Pio. We are asked to be like him just he was asked to be like Christ. So let us be like Christ. Let us embrace our cross inspite of the hurt and the pain and that will save us. The cross is our salvation. It is a scandal for the Jews and foolishness for the... But for us it is our salvation sapagkat sa cross makikita ang tunay na nagmamahal. Kaya nga sa bawat simbahan may cross to remind us of the depth and the width and the pain of the love of Christ. Let us do that. And I know with the help and prayer of Mary, our mother, the seven sorrows of Mary, who also suffered pain in her heart, praying for us magagawa natin mga kapatid. Ganun din sa tulong ni Padre Pio, magagawa natin mga kapatid.

    Sa mga panahon na ito, mahirap magmahal. Madaling sabihin ayoko na sayo, hiwalay na tayo; suwail na anak ka, lumayas ka na; masama kang pari ipalilipat kita, sabihin kita sa obispo para ilipat ka. Mahirap! But that is our salvation. That is our growth. That is how we will know that we truly love, God knows but do we know? Alam ba natin?

    So, let us pray my brothers and sister for one another.

  • Devotees’ prayers to St. Padre Pio


    Thousands of devotees of St. Padre Pio flocked at The Manila Cathedral during the three-day visit of the heart relic of the Italian priest of Pietrelcina.

    Unmindful of the heat of the sun and the occasional pour of rain, the faithful devotees including the young, old, pregnant, sick and with disabilities, patiently waited for hours for their turn to venerate the relic and prayed with their hearts.

    Faith brought the devotees in this three-day visit of the heart relic of Padre Pio. They believe in the power of prayer. They look up to Padre Pio not as God, but as an instrument where they can send their prayers.

    Devotees say their prayer in silence after venerating the heart relic of St. Padro Pio at the Manila Cathedral (Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao)

    Marina Santos, 56, married with five kids, hails from Bagong Silang Caloocan City, is one of the many devotees who believed that miracles do happen when you have faith. 

    Three years ago she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. With a teary-eyed, the woman became emotional as she was thankful to Padre Pio for hearing and bringing her intentions to the Lord.

    “Sa pananalig ko kay Padre Pio at sa Diyos, sabi ko tulungan niya ako, more extension ng buhay ko para makapaglingkod pa ako sa Diyos,” she said.

    After surviving from cancer, she unselfishly prays for guidance for her family to God through Padre Pio.

    “Patnubayan at gabayan ang buhay ng mga anak ko, iligtas sa mga sakuna, at siyempre in case na wala na ako, sana maging maayos ang mga anak ko,” she said.

    According to her, she is a member of Mother Butler and Soldier of Christ, a Charismatic Community in Caloocan. 

    Aside from her devotion to Padre Pio, Santos, being a mother, shared that she is also a devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    “Si Mama Mary, humihingi din ako ng tulong sa kanya para ilapit ako kay Hesus. Kaya hawak lang tayo sa Panginoon. Sa tulong ng ina at ni Padre Pio na tulay natin sa pagdadasal, pagbibigyan ang ating kahilingan lalung lalo na ang mga may sakit na gustong maglingkod,” she shared.

    Ericson Sabungan, 20, is from Northern Samar. He admitted that he is not really a devotee but it doesn’t mean he does not believe in the intercession of Padre Pio. His faith that prayers are the strongest form of communication with the Lord is what brought him to The Manila Cathedral to venerate and pray. One of his prayers according to him was granted.

    “Yung prayer ko, I prayed to have a Latin honor. I graduated Cumlaude. And this made my parents and siblings proud kasi sila ang nagpa-aral sa akin,” he said.

    At the moment, while taking a nursing review, he prays to have a 100 percent passing grade. He also prays to land a good job and to have a stable life in the future.

    Asked if he would encourage other young people to have a devotion to Padre Pio, the young man joyfully said, he will.

    “Nowadays po, na-observe ko po mga kabataan ngayon nalalayo na kay God dahil yung influence po ng technology, nalalayo na yung perception nila kay God. Nababawasan na po,” he said.

    Sabungan also shared that he looks up to Padre Pio for being holy and prayerful. He also admires the saint for bearing the same wounds that Jesus bore.

    A Farewell Mass for the heart relic of Padre Pio was held on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 6 a.m. It will be transferred to the Archdiocese of Cebu (Visayas) from October 11-13 then to the Archdiocese of Davao (Mindanao) from October 14-16.

    The next destination is at the Lipa Cathedral in Batangas on October 17 and will be brought back to the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Santo Tomas, Batangas on October 18 until its departure to San Giovanni, Rotondo in Italy on October 26. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

     

     

     

  • Pabillo asks Padre Pio’s devotees to pray for the Philippines

     
    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the devotees of St. Padre Pio to pray for the Philippines.

    Delivering his homily in front of thousands of devotees gathered at the Manila Cathedral to welcome the heart relic of St. Padre Pio on October 9, 2018, Bishop Pabillo requested the devotees to pray not only for their personal intentions but for the Philippines and its leaders.

    “Huwag lang tayo lalapit kay Padre Pio para sa ating personal na pangangailangan, personal na kahilingan para sa atin, sa ating pamilya,”  he said.

    “Isama din natin sa ating pagdadasal kay Padre Pio ang panalangin para sa ating bayan. Kung sugatan po ang buhay natin, sugatan din ang bayan natin. Napakaraming problema. Ipagdasal din natin ang ating bayan na tulungan tayo ng panalangin ni Padre Pio at pabanalin tayo lalung lalo na ang ating mga leaders. Ipagdasal din natin sa Diyos,”  he added.

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo presides the Holy Eucharist to welcome the heart relic of St. Padre Pio at the Manila Cathedral on October 9.
    Photo Eric Paul Guanlao

    Aside from asking prayers through the intercession of the Italian priest from Pietrelcina, Bishop Pabillo pointed out that one of the ways to become holy like Padre Pio is to share in the sufferings of Christ by embracing our own woundedness.

    “Pero isa rin po sanang gustong ipakita sa atin ni Padre Pio, pati yung mga sakit sa buhay na ating nararamdaman. Kapag iyan ay tinatanggap natin ng may pananampalataya at ng may pag-ibig, yan din po ay magpapabanal sa atin,”  he said.

    The heart relic arrived at The Manila Cathedral on October 9, 2018, at 9 a.m. It will be transferred to the Visayas (Archdiocese of Cebu) after 6 a.m. Mass on October 11, 2018.

    It will stay in the country until October 26, 2018. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily delivered by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo during the Welcome Mass for the arrival of the heart relic of St. Padre Pio at The Manila Cathedral on October 9, 2018, at 9 a.m.


    Welcome po sa inyong lahat dito sa ating veneration sa heart relic ni Padre Pio. Alam ko po na marami sa inyo ay nanggaling pa sa malalayong lugar. Marami sa inyo ay kanina pa nandito na nag aantay sa pagdalaw ni Padre Pio sa atin.  At welcome din po kay Padre Pio sa kanyang relic na pagdalaw dito sa atin sa Manila Cathedral.  Kaya ngayon po ay nagtatagpo ang dalawang pagnanais natin.  Pagnanais ng Diyos na lumapit sa atin sa pamamagitan ng relic ng ating banal na santo at sa pamamagitann din ng pagnais natin ng paglapit sa Diyos.  Nagtagpo po tayo  dito ngayon sa Manila Cathedral. 

    Kung titign po natin ang larawan ni Padre Pio na kumakalat ngayon, hindi naman talaga siya gwapo. Pero bakit natin siya nilalapitan? Hindi po dahil sa kanyang mukha.  Starstruck tayo dahil po sa kanyang kabanalan. Kaya tayo’y lumalapit sa kanya kasi alam natin nandito ang isang banal nagdadala ng kabanalan ng Diyos. Kaya dito po’y pinapakita na holiness is attractive. Holiness attracts. At tayo mismo napapalapit dahil sa kabanalan ni Padre Pio. 


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Maaring ang iba ay nandito dahil sa curious lang sila. Ano ba yung incorrupted heart relic ni Padre Pio? Pero palagay ko po kokonti lang yan, ang nandito at nagtiyaga dahil sa kanilang curiosity. Mas marami siguro ay nandito sapagkay mayroon tayong kahilingan na gusto nating idulog sa ating banal na santo. Na sa tulong ng kanyang panalangin tayo’y papakinggan ng Diyos. Kasi alam po natin lahat ng grasya, lahat ng biyaya ay may isa lang pinanggalingan. The father is the source of all goodness. Sa Diyos lamang nanggaling yan. Ngunit nandito, mayroon isa na malapit sa Diyos, at siya nga ay santo kaya dineklara na nasa langit kaya ang kanyang panalangin ay makakatulong sa atin. Sa ating paglapit sa Diyos, kasama natin siyang nagdadasal sa para sa ating pangangailangan. Kaya dala dala natin anu ano  man yan na mga problema natin sa kalusugan, sa buhay, sa relasyon, sa ating business na gusto nating ipagdasal tayo ni Padre Pio sa ating Diyos Ama.  

    Pero sana po may isa pang malalim na dahil ng ating pagpunta dito. Narinig natin ang sinabi ni Hesus kay Martha. “Martha, Martha you are preoccupied. You are anxious about many things. But there is only one thing necessary.” Pakinggan po natin yan kasi baka tayo, anxious tayo sa maraming mga bagay, nakakalimutan natin yung mahalaga. At ang pinakamahalaga po ay yan yung pinili ni Padre Pio walang iba kung di magpakabanal. Lumalapit tayo sa isang taong banal upang sana tulungan tayong maging banal. At bandang huli yan po yung pinakamahalaga at pinakita sa atin ni Maria, sa ating Ebanghelyo ang paraan ng pagpapakabanal na walang iba kundi paglapit kay Hesus. Pagkinig sa kanya, pagtulad sa kanya, at yan din po ang nagpabanal kay Padre Pio, ang paglapit niya kay Hesus, pag-alay niya ng kanyang sarili at ganun nalang kahigpit ang kanyang paglapit kay Hesus na siya’y nakiisa sa sugat ni Hesus.  San kanyang paghihirap, tulad ng sinabi sa simula ng ating Misa, napakanganda po ng pagdalaw sa atin ng heart relic ni Padre Pio kasi pinagdiriwang po natin ang ikalimampung anibersayro ng kanyang kamatayan. So he died 50 years ago. At kasama niyan ipinagdiriwang natin ang 100th anniversary ng kanyan g pagtanggap ng stigmata. Ang stigmata, yan po yung sugat ni Hesus na natanggap ni Pader Pio. Ibig sabihin limampung taon dala dala ni Padre Pio sa kanyang katawan ang sugat ni Hesus.  At kung nadala niya ang sugat ni Hesus ibig sabihin dala dala niya ang sakit ng sugat na yan. Hindi lang po iyan larawan ng sugat ni Hesus. Talagang sugat ni Hesus at ang sugat ay masakit. Talagang nakiisa siya kay Hesus hanggang sa kanyang kahirapan, yan po yung kabanalan.

    Si Padre Pio po magaan ang puso niya sa mga kahirapan ng tao lalung lalo na sa may sakit. Kaya kahit na nung buhay pa siya nagpatayo siya ng ospital na malapit sa kanilang kumbento upang magamot ang mga may sakit at hanggang ngayon, buhay na buhay ang opspital na iyan doon sa Italy na gumagamot sa mga may sakit. Pero isa rin po sanang gusotng ipakita sa atin ni Padre Pio, pati yung mga sakit sa buhay na ating nararamdaman. Kapag iyan ay tinatanggap natin ng may pananampalataya at ng may pag-ibig, yan din po ay magpapabanal sa atin.  Kaya habang sinisikap natin na tayo ay gumaling, habang sinisikap natin na alagaan yung mga may sakit, alagaan yun mga naghihirap, sana matanggap din natin at masabi din natin sa kanila na pati yung kahirapan na iyan ay bahagi din ng ating pakikiisa sa paghihirap at kamatayan ni Kristo upang makiisa tayo sa kanyang muling pagkabuhay. Yan po yung mas malalim na dahilan ng ating paglapit dito, na makiisa tayo sa kabanalan ni Kristo. Makiisa tayo sa kanya ng buhay at wala pong makasasabi sa atin na hindi ko na kayang maging banal. Naging masama na ang buhay ko, ordinaryong tao lang naman ako, hindi naman ako tinawag diyan. Kasi ang bawat isa sa atin ay tinawag ng Diyos para maging banal.

    Narinig natin sa ating Unang Pagbasa ang patotoo ni san Pablo, di naman siya nagsimula ng maayos. Nagsimula siya na galit sa simsbahan. Inuusig nga ang mga kristiyano.  Ngunit ang Diyos na tumawag sa kanya bago pa siya ipinaglihi, ipinakita sa kanya ang daan.  At siya’y nagsisi sa kanyang ginawa.  Hindi lang po si San Pablo ang tinawag bago pa tayo ipinaglihi.  Ang bawat isa sa atin ay tinawag din ng Diyos. Tinawag ng Diyos na maging banal.  Kaya nga sinabi ni Pablo mula noon nagsikap na siya na malaman itong tawag na ito.  Kaya siya’y  pumunta sa Arabia, marahil doon siya’y nagdasal, nagnilay. Kaya siya’y pumunta sa Jerusalem, nakipag-usap, nakipagtagpo sa mga apostol at siya pa ang naging dahilan ng pagpupuri ng mga tao sa Diyos na ang isang umuusig sa kanila ay ngayon nagpapahayag na tungkol kay Hesus.

    Dahil sa pagbagong buhay ni San Pablo. Kaya tayo rin, kahit nasabi natin makasalanan na ako, may nagawa na akong masama, ordinaryong  tao lang naman ako, kapag tayo’y naging banal magiging dahilan pa tayo ng pagpupuri ng maraming mga tao na lalapit sa Diyos dahil sa nakita nila ang ginawa ng Diyos sa atin na ginawa tayong banal sapagkat ang kabanalan ay kagagawan din ng Diyos. Kailangan lang tayong mag-cooperate. Ganun din po ang nangyari kay Padre Pio. Ordinaryong  tayo lang naman si Padre Pio. Sa isang malayong lugar, hindi nga siya nasa loob ng lungsod. At nung siya’y naging Capuchino, doon lang siya sa isang malayong kumbento hindi nga siya umikot sa ibang mga lugar. Naiwan lang siya sa isang kumbento. Ngunit dahil sa naging banal siya nilapitan siya ng mga tao. At ngayon ang lugar na iyun sa Giovanni Rotonda na malayong puntahan ay pinupuntahan na ng napakaraming pilgrims at ngayon tayo nasa Pilipinas ang layo naman natin sa Italya, narinigin natin nakilala natin si Padre Pio. At ngayon pumunta tayo rito, ordinaryong tao, ordinaryong monghe, ordinaryong pari, nilalapitan ng mga tao dahil sa kanyang kabanalan.  Kaya ang nangyari kay Padre Pio yan din po ang maaaring mangyari sa atin. Buksan lang natin ang ating puso tulad ng binuksan ni Padre Pio ang kanyang puso sa Diyos.  

    Kaya mapalad tayo ang relic na dumating sa atin ay ang incorrupted heart.  Ang puso ni Padre Pio na tumibok para sa Diyos.  Ang puso ni Padre Pio nanagdusa at ngayon ay nandito sa atin.  Sana po sa pag lapit natin dito at mayroon kayong pagkakataon na pipila upang makita ng malapitan ang puso ni Padre  Pio, hingin natin, kasama ng ating ibang mga kahilingan, Padre Pio tulungan mo po na ang puso ko ay tumibok din para sa Diyos, tumibok din kasama ng pagtititbok ng puso ni Hesus. Tulungan mo lalung lalo na, hipuin mo ang puso ko na tumibok tulad ng puso mo.Yan po ang mahalaga.  

    “Martha, Martha you are worried about so many things. Anxious about many things. There is only one thing necessary.” Baka tayo rin marami tayong pinagkakaabalahan, marami tayong pinoproblema, isa lang ang mahalaga at yan nga, na maging malapit sa Diyos , yan nga na maging banal. Kaya umupo tayo sa paanan ni Hesus. Makinig tayo sa kanyang mga aral, tularanan natin ang kanyang buhay.  At kung ipagkakaloob din sa atin na makiisa tayo sa kanyang kahirapan tanggapin po natin. Yan po’y ginawa ni Padre Pio.

    Sana po ang pagdalaw ni Padre Pio ngayon ay hindi lang isang pangyayari na bukas tapos na, sa makalawa tapos na. Sana po’y magbigay ito ng impetous sa ating buhay pananampalataya na palagi nating maranasan nandiyan ang Diyos, nagpapahiwatig siya ng kanyang presensiya sa pamamagitan ng presensiya ng mga santo.  Nagbibigay siya ng tulong sa atin sa tulong ng panalangin ng mga santo. At higit sa lahat ay tinatawagan tayo tulad ng pagtawag niya sa ating banal na santo na maging malapit sa Diyos.

    Pero isa na lang po gusto kong idagdag. Huwag lang tayo lalapit kay Padre Pio para sa ating personal na pangangailangan, personal na kahilingan para sa atin sa ating pamilya. Isama din natin sa ating pagdadasal kay Padre Pio ang panalangin para sa ating bayan. Kung sugatan po ang buhay natin, sugatan din ang bayan natin. Napakaraming problema. Ipagdasal din natin an gating bayan na tulungan tayo ng panalangin ni Padre Pio at pabanalin tayo lalung lalo na ang ating mga leaders. Ipagdasal din natin sa Diyos. Sama sama tayong magdasal kasi ito’y pagdalaw ni Padre Pio sa Pilipinas. Ngayon dito sa Maynila para sa Luzon, sa susunod na mga araw sa Cebu para sa Visayas, susunod na mga araw sa Davao para po sa Mindanao. Talagang dadalawin niya ang Pilipinas. Kaya tayo sana lumapit sa kanya hindi lang bilang mga indibidwal, lumapit din tayo sa kanya bilang mga Pilipino na mayroon din tayong pagmamalasakit para sa ating bayan.  At humingi din tayo ng renewal  sa bayan natin kung gusto nating marenew tayo personally na maging banal, sana po ang Pilipinas ay maging banal din. Upang siyang maging asin, siyang maging liwanag dito sa parte ng mundong ito sa Asya.

    So, sabay sabay po nating ialay ang ating banal na misa bilang pasalamat, papuri sa Diyos at paghingi ng tulong s ating banal na santo na samahan tayo sa ating paglapit at pagtanggap kay Hesus.

     

  • Heart relic of Padre Pio arrives at The Manila Cathedral


    Devotees venerate the heart relic of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina at The Manila Cathedral
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao
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    The incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio, an Italian priest from Pietrelcina arrived at The Manila Cathedral on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 9 a.m.

    After the send-off Mass at the Santisimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomas, the sacred relic was transferred to The Manila Cathedral where a Welcome Mass was celebrated by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.

    In his homily, the prelate spoke about the holiness of Padre Pio who shared in the sufferings of Christ. According to him, to follow the teachings of Christ is the way to holiness.

    “At ang pinakamahalaga po ay yan yung pinili ni Padre Pio walang iba kung di yung magpakabanal. Lumalapit tayo sa isang taong banal upang sana tulungan tayong maging banal,” he said.

    “Pagkinig sa kanya, pagtulad sa kanya, at yan din po ang nagpabanal kay Padre Pio, ang paglapit niya kay Hesus, pag-alay niya ng kanyang sarili at ganun nalang kahigpipt ang kanyang paglapit kay Hesus na siya’y nakiisa sa sugat ni Hesus, “ he added.

    The Holy Eucharist was attended by priests and thousands of devotees wanting to see and touch the relic of the famous saint.

    The cathedral is open 24 hours to accommodate many devotees to venerate the relic. Confession is also available before and after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

    Series of Masses will be held during the three-day visit of the heart relic. 

    On October 11, before the heart relic departs from the cathedral, a Farewell Mass will be presided by Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Vicar General and Moderator Curiae of the Archdiocese of Manila at 6 a.m.

    From The Manila Cathedral, the relic will be transferred to the Visayas (Archdiocese of Cebu) and will stay from October 11-13 then to Mindanao (Archdiocese of Davao) from October 14-16.

    The visit of the heart relic of St. Padre Pio from October 5-26, 2018 is organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Clergy (CBCP-ECC) in coordination with the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Santo Tomas, Batangas. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Homily delivered by Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David during Mass for the visit of the heart relic of St. Padre Pio at the Plaza Mayor, UST on October 8, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.


    Dear friends in the Lord, fellow sharers in the gifts of priestly vocation and consecrated life, isang mapagpalang hapon sa inyong lahat. In Gal 6:17, Paul says in Greek ἐγὼ γὰρ τὰ στίγματα (stigmata) τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματί μου βαστάζω. In English: “...for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body.”

    This passage should give us a good reason today as members of the Clergy and the Consecrated persons to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the stigmata, or the marks of Jesus’ wounds on the much-loved Saint Padre Pio. We might be surprised to find out that many of us have these marks too, even if they might not be in the right places.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    It is not uncommon for people in this day and age to be stigmatized for one reason or another. You know what I mean; stigma no longer has the neutral meaning that it had before. Modern English has assumed this Greek word in its vocabulary but has given it a very negative meaning. Very much like the words UNCLEAN or SINNER during the time of Jesus—as common labels for the rejects in Jewish society in the first century AD, those regarded as violators of the law. Or very much like the STAR OF DAVID the Jews were forced to wear during the time of Hitler. Or the SCARLET LETTER in the novel of Nathaniel Hawthorne, the woman who had committed adultery, and who had been condemned to wear a dress marked with a bold letter A (for adulteress) in scarlet, to make sure that her sin was known by the whole town.

    Perhaps the modern equivalent for the scarlet letter A in our country today is DS—meaning, “drug suspect”. It is probably the worst stigma that can be given as label to people who land in the drug watch list. It is generic but cruel because it can mean anything: drug user, pusher, runner, protector, supplier, producer, smuggler, etc. This stigma can get people jailed or killed, and people just shake their heads with pity when they see their dead bodies on a street alley. It takes just one toxic whisper, “He must be a drug suspect” to justify the murder.

    Actually, the stigmata of Jesus did not have a neutral or positive meaning either. They were also the marks of a criminal, one who had been condemned to death through the brutal and the most cruel form of death penalty invented by the Persians and adopted by the Romans. Two marks on the hands and two marks on the feet for the nailing on the cross. But unlike the other criminals, Jesus bore a fifth mark on his side. One that supposedly pierced his heart. Let me share about that fifth stigma of the man from Nazareth who had been condemned as criminal, on the occasion of the visit of the heart of Saint Padre Pio. Take note that the original stigmatist before this Franciscan Capuchin, Padre Pio, was no other than Saint Francis of Assisi himself.

    The most familiar photos of Saint Padre Pio are those of him celebrating Mass with extended hands covered with mittens that have marks of blood. But unknown to many people, aside from the stigmata on both hands and feet, the most painful stigma that Padre Pio received was hidden under layers of clothes marking the wound inflicted on the side Jesus when a soldier pierced him with a lance after he had expired on the cross. At least, Jesus was dead already when he got it; Padre Pio was very much alive when he received his fifth stigma. In one of his writings, he described what it was like when he saw a vision of an angel thrusting a flaming spear into his side. He described the excruciating pain that he felt as the spear cut into his flesh and pierced his heart. He said he thought he was going to die right then and there.

    The pain that Padre Pio experienced in his heart after that mystical experience is what we came here to reflect on today dear brothers and sisters in the Clergy & Consecrated Life. We’re not just here to venerate a relic. We’re here to reflect on the priestly heart of Padre Pio, and on that which wounded this heart to be so configured to the Heart of Jesus, our Supreme High Priest. Is this not what we sing about during our First Friday devotion? “O sacred heart O love divine, do keep us near to Thee, and make our hearts so like to Thine that we may holy be.” Like that of St. Francis of Assisi, Padre Pio‘s heart was wounded, not to bleed, but to burn, to be set on fire. In our Gospel, we heard how the divine heart burned with indignation (like those of the prophets of old) when he drove away the traders and money-changers from the temple and cried out, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” The evangelist tells us people were reminded of the words of the Psalm 69:10, “Zeal for your house consumes me!” The closest Tagalog translation that I can think of for this is that line that we sing in our national anthem: “Alab ng puso sa dibdib mo’y buhay.” Or more accurately, “Alab ng puso ko para sa tahanan mo, sa dibdib ko’y buhay.” (Good thing, it is not the line that the honorable senator wanted to revise. I think what he wanted to change was the ending, “Ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo.” Apparently, he does not want us to sound defeatist, so he suggests to revise it to “Ang ipaglaban ang kalayaan mo.” People who are too eager to fight for a cause can be dangerous too. Like those who say, “Ipaglaban ang kaayusan ng lipunan laban sa mga kriminal” who would probably feel more comfortable changing the slogan to “Ang pumatay ng dahil sa iyo.” This is never the way of Christ. Ang paraan ni Kristo ay hindi ang pumatay. Manindigan sa tama kahit pagdurusa at kamatayan ang kapalit nito. Christ’s way is never about the eagerness to kill but the zeal to offer one’s life, like San Lorenzo Ruiz who said, “I am a Catholic and I am ready to offer my life for the Lord. If I had a thousand lives, I’d be willing to offer them all for him.”)

    The heart of Padre Pio, like that of Jesus, burned with the priestly zeal to save, not to condemn sinners. Like Christ, he was indignant towards religious leaders who turned religion into politics and business.

    The Bible is replete with many instances when God’s Word, or God’s mercy & compassion are described like fire burning within people. Remember the Call of Moses? Something was already burning within him before he encountered God in the burning bush. God was merely echoing to Moses what Moses himself had already been feeling whenever he witnessed the oppression of the Hebrew slaves. The words God said in the burning bush “I have seen the affliction of my people; I have heard their cry, and I know well they are suffering...” could have been said by Moses himself.

    Or remember Jeremiah who wanted to give up his prophetic mission because proclaiming God’s Word always got him into trouble? How he resolved to just shut up his mouth and stop speaking on God’s behalf? He said in chapter 20:9 “I say I will not mention him, I will no longer speak in his name.But then it is as if fire is burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones;I grow weary holding back, I cannot endure it!”

    Or remember those two disciples who were running away from trouble in Jerusalem, how the Lord who had walked and talked with them like a casual stranger was revealed to them at the breaking of the bread? How they looked back and said, “Were not our hearts burning within as as he explained to us the Scriptures?”

    Kaya pala napakahalagang simbolo ng apoy sa ating pananampalataya. Di ba’t sa lahat ng mga simbahan natin, kapag naroon ang Katawan ni Kristo sa Banal na Eukaristiya, kailangan laging may apoy din, ang ilaw ng bihilya, na hindi rin dapat hahayaan ng mga pari na mamatay kailanman. Tayo palang mga pari ay tagapangalaga ng apoy.

    Walang duda, ang apoy ay sumisimbolo sa walang hanggang pagibig ng Diyos para sa atin, at sa Salita niyang nagbibigay liwanag. Ngunit kung minsan ang apoy ng pagibig ay nagiging apoy din ng banal na galit na dulot ng malasakit, pagpupuyos sa kalupitan at pagkasuklam sa pagkukunwari at pagbabanal-banalan. Kaya pala nang sabihin ni Hesus “wasakin nyo ang templong ito at itatayo kong muli sa ikatlong araw”, natandaan ng mga tao ang nasusulat sa Salmo: “Ang alab ng puso ko para tahanan mo, sa dibdib ko’y buhay.”

    The Carmelite saint, John of the Cross, did not receive stigmata, but in one of his poems, he describes an experience similar to what Saint Padre Pio experienced when he received his fifth wound. The poem is entitled LIVING FLAME OF LOVE.

    Oh, living flame of love
    That tenderly wounds my soul in its deepest centre,
    Since thou art no longer oppressive, perfect me now if it be thy will, Break the web of this sweet encounter.

    Oh, sweet burn! Oh, delectable wound!
    Oh, soft hand! Oh, delicate touch
    That savours of eternal life and pays every debt!
    In slaying, thou hast changed death into life.

    Sa sentenaryo ni Padre Pio, mga kapatid kong pari at relihiyoso na naririto ngayon, tiyakin ninyong sa bawat pagpasok ng mga mananampalataya sa ating mga simbahan ay may apoy pa rin silang maiuuwi at maibabahagi sa kanilang kapwa. Ano ang saysay ng ating naglalakihang mga simbahan kung wala na silang masumpungang ilaw na magbibigay liwanag sa mga kadilimang kailangan nilang harapin sa buhay? Ano ang kabuluhan ng salitang ating ipinahahayag kung wala nang init na naidudulot ito sa mga kaluluwang nanlalamig?

    Minamahal kong mga kapatid sa pagkapari at sa buhay konsagrado, kapag ang ating mga parokya ay naging mga bahay-kalakalan na lamang, kapag nilalagyan natin ng takdang presyo ang mga sakramento at dahil dito’y alangan nang lumapit sa simbahan ang mga dukha, kapag hindi na nila maramdaman na bahagi rin sila ng ating mga pamayanan, ibig sabihin, wala nang apoy sa ating mga simbahan. Kapag wala na tayong madamang malasakit sa mga asawang nabalo at mga anak na naulila ng mga araw-araw na pinapaslang na mga taong napagbibintangang “drug suspect”, kapag hindi na tayo nababahala sa karahasan, sa patayan, sa katiwalian, at sa pagmumura, panlalait, paninirang puri at kasinungalingan. Kapag wala na tayong pakialam sa pagkasira at pagkawasak ng kalikasan at kapaligiran, o sa paglapastangan sa ating pananampalataya, sa panlalait sa ating mga martir at mga banal, kapag tuluyan na nating isinantabi ang kapakanan ng bayan para sa pansariling kapakanan, muling masusumpa ang ating mga bahay-dalanginan at manganganib na mawasak muli ang ating lipunan.

    Ang sakit na naramdaman ni Padre Pio sa kanyang dibdib ay parang apoy na nag-alab sa kanyang puso. Sa mga panahong iyon ng panlalamig ng pananampalataya sa Europa, ang hatid ni Padre Pio ay bagong apoy na nagdulot ng bagong init at liwanag. Sa pagdalaw sa kanya ng libo-libong tao sa San Giovanni Rotondo, para bang sumiklab na muli ang apoy ng kabanalan at kumalat na muli sa buong Italya at sa iba’t ibang sulok ng mundo. Sa paglapit ng taong 2021, bago dumating ang ikalimangdaang taon ng pananampalatayang Kristiyano sa Pilipinas, hilingin nating ang panalangin ng mahal na Santo Padre Pio ay muling magpaningas sa pananampalataya nanlalamig ng maraming mga Pilipino. Hilingin nating ipagsanggalang niya sa mga tukso ng pang-aabuso at mga gawaing nakaiiskandalo ang kaparian sa Pilipinas at sa bawat sulok ng daigdig. Hilingin nating siya ay maging inspirasyon nating lahat sa pagkapari at buhay konsagrado, upang manatiling maalab sa ating mga puso ang pag-ibig ni Kristo, at ang pagsusumikap na manatiling tapat sa pag-ibig na ito sa kabila ng mga sugat na dulot karupukan at kataksilan ng iba.

    Sandali tayong tumahimik at magnilay sa liwanag na dulot ng Salita ng Diyos.

  • UST welcomes heart relic of Padre Pio


    The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas welcomed the incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on Monday, October 8, 2018.

    The heart relic departed from the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas at 8:30 a.m. and arrived at the Santísimo Rosario Parish - UST at 10 a.m. where the welcome liturgy was held.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao
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    In celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, a private conference was held immediately after the welcome liturgy.

    Before 12 noon, the heart relic of the Italian priest was venerated by the clergy and religious.

    At 4:30 p.m., the relic was transferred to the Plaza Mayor inside the university where the celebration of the Holy Eucharist was held and was presided over by Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

    Before the final blessing, Bishop David led the Renewal of Vows for priests and religious and a prayer for the sick and for the nation.

    Among the bishops who concelebrated in the Mass were: Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani, Jr, DD, Diocese of Novaliches; Bishop Buenaventura Famadico, Diocese of San Pablo, Chairman of CBCP Episcopal Commission on Clergy; Bishop Jacinto Jose, Diocese of Urdaneta;  and Bishop Edgardo Juanich, Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay Palawan. 

    The Mass was followed by a procession from the UST Plaza Mayor to the parish.

    The relic was brought to The Manila Cathedral on October 9, after the send-off Mass at 7:30 a.m. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Mass on the Occasion of the Visit of the Relic of the Heart of St. Padre Pio at the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio Sto. Tomas, Batangas, on October 6, 2018


    Homily delivered by Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, DD during Mass on the Occasion of the Visit of the Relic of the Heart of St. Padre Pio National Shrine of St. Padre Pio Sto. Tomas, Batangas, on October 6, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.


    Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat.

    It is my joy to be with you today as we celebrate this Mass in honor of St. Pio of Pietrelcina - or Padre Pio as he is known worldwide.   I greet His Excellency Archbishop Gilbert Garcera and the Archbishop-Emeritus Ramon Arguelles and I thank them for the warm welcome they accorded me.    I am grateful to Rev. Fr. Joselin Gonda, the Rector and Parish Priest of this National Shrine, for inviting me on your behalf, and giving me the privilege of making a pilgrimage here at the National Shrine dedicated to Padre Pio.  I am happy to see Religious Sisters, some local officials, mothers, fathers, the elderly and the young.  I am moved by the presence of those who are sick, their being here is a manifestation of the power and comfort that can only come from faith.

    I wish to convey to all of you the paternal affection and blessing of His Holiness Pope Francis, whom I represent in this Country.  He has fond memories of his visit in the Philippines and he always keep you, Filipinos, close to his heart.  Please remember to pray for him, especially in this difficult time.

    We are happy to welcome the relic of the heart of Padre Pio in our midst.  But what is the heart of Padre Pio like?   Allow me to share with you three characteristics of the heart of the Saint.

    Photo by Fatima Llanza

    Padre Pio’s heart is a child-like heart.

    In the Gospel, Jesus praises the Father because he revealed the mysteries of his Kingdom to the little ones. Who are these little ones? The little ones are those who are in need of the great, who are not self-sufficient, who do not think that they can rely on themselves alone. 

    The little ones are those who have a humble and open heart, poor and needy, who are aware of the need to pray, to entrust themselves and to let themselves be accompanied. 

    Pope Francis describes the heart of these little ones like an antenna: “...it receives God’s signal, immediately; they notice it immediately. Because God seeks contact with all, but those who make themselves great create enormous disturbance, and God’s intention does not arrive when one is full of oneself, there is no room for God. This is why He prefers the little ones; he reveals himself to them, and the way to encounter him is by abasing oneself, becoming inwardly smaller, acknowledging oneself as in need”.    

    This child-like heart is best expressed in one of Padre Pio’s famous sayings: “Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”  Padre Pio is a model of completely trusting in God and His will for our lives. He understood that there was no reason to worry. Instead of worrying we grow in confidence in God and through our prayer we can deepen our relationship with Him and learn to find comfort, peace and joy in Him even during times of hardship because He keeps our lives in his hands.

    Padre Pio’s heart is a suffering but loving heart.

    Padre Pio was a man whose heart bore numerous sufferings and trials throughout his life with great patience.  He saw in them a way to conform himself more with the Lord Jesus Crucified.  Because of this, his heart was conformed to that of Christ.  

    His unity with the suffering of the Lord became even more concrete when on September 20, 1918, while doing his thanksgiving prayer after Mass, Padre Pio had a vision of Jesus. When the vision ended, he had the stigmata in his hands, feet and side.   It was a great gift but his life became more complicated after that.  These physical batterings left him bruised, bloodied and sleepless on many occasions. Nevertheless, Padre Pio maintained his serenity, abandoning his life into God’s hands.

    He also suffered the calumnies received from ecclesiastical personalities and authorities.  On two occasions (1924 and 1931), the authenticity of the stigmata was put into question. He was prohibited from celebrating the Holy Mass publicly and from hearing confessions. In spite of all these, Padre Pio obeyed without complaining and maintained his calm.  Soon after, these prohibitions were lifted.

    On his Canonization on June 16, 2002 at the St. Peter’s Square, Saint Pope John Paul II, in his homily, said: “The life and mission of Padre Pio prove that difficulties and sorrows, if accepted out of love, are transformed into a privileged way of holiness, which opens onto the horizons of a greater good, known only to the Lord.” 

    Such suffering made him a man of constant prayer, a man of mercy in administering the Sacrament of Confession and a man of charity who saw Jesus in the sick and the suffering whom he wanted to assist with the establishment of a hospital called “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” (Home for Relief of the Suffering).   During his life, a lot of people had recourse to Padre Pio to ask him prayers and intercede for them to God. Many of them were reported cured through the intercession of Padre Pio even when he was still alive. 

    I see many sick people here with us.  Let Padre Pio’s loving heart assure you that you are not alone in your suffering.   You are united with the sufferings of Christ which always lead to the Resurrection, our greatest hope and consolation.

    Padre Pio’s heart is a pure heart.

    The love that filled the heart of Padre Pio made it pure.  Such purity of heart was concretely shown through his being an effective minister of God’s compassion and mercy.  Padre Pio, in his lifetime, reconciled innumerable souls back to God through the sacrament of confession. He was always in great demand as a confessor. People were willing to wait many days and brave any inconvenience in order to make their confession to him. For years, Padre Pio spent the greater part of each day in the confessional. It was for this reason that he was often spoken of as a “martyr of the confessional.”  That is why Pope Francis wanted his body brought to St. Peter’s during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which we have recently celebrated.

    The Lord endowed Padre Pio with extraordinary spiritual charisms for his ministry in the confessional. He was given the gift of reading hearts and of infused knowledge.  It was told that a man once went to St. Giovanni Rotondo to confess to Padre Pio.  When he finished the accusation of his sins Padre Pio said: "Do you have anything else to confess?" and he said, "No Father!" He repeated the question: "Do you have anything else to confess?" "No Father!" For a third time Padre Pio asked him: "Do you have anything else to confess?” At this third negative answer he said firmly with the voice of the Holy Spirit: "Go away! Go away! Because you are not reformed of your sins!"

    A pure heart sees well.  It can see what is good and what is evil   (He can see our hearts too!), and moreover it can discern God’s will.  How can we keep our hearts pure?  Through prayer. “Like all great men of God Padre Pio himself had become prayer, body and soul.  His days were a Rosary lived, that is, a continuous meditation and assimilation of Christ's mysteries in spiritual union with the Virgin Mary”.    And it all culminated in the celebration of holy Mass in which he was fully united with the Crucified and Risen Lord. From the altar, as an ever living source, flowed charity, mercy and compassion.

    Today, in this Shrine, in front of his holy heart, Padre Pio invites us to also entrust our hearts to the Lord; and he says to us: “Where are you going? To Jesus or to your sadness? What are you going back to? To the One who saves you or, to your misery, your regrets, your sins? Come, come, the Lord is awaiting you. Take courage, no reason is so grave as to exclude you from his mercy”.  

    As we continue with the celebration, let us ask Padre Pio to pray for us so that like him, we may have hearts that are child-like, hearts that are loving and hearts that are pure.  

    Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.

     

  • Saint Padre Pio’s Heart Relic to be venerated at UST



    On the day after the solemnity of Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario, the incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a devotee of the Rosary, will be at the University of Santo Tomas and Santísimo Rosario Parish from October 8 to 9, 2018. This is part of the nationwide tour of the relic with the theme, “Healing and Reconciliation.”

    A private conference for clergy and consecrated persons will be held on October 8 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. This will be followed by the procession of the relic from the Parish to the UST Plaza Mayor for a Eucharistic Celebration with Kalookan Bishop Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D., as presider. There will be a Renewal of Vows for priests and religious, and a prayer for the sick and for the nation, which are open to everyone.

    The overnight veneration at the Parish church, according to Santísimo Rosario Parish Priest Rev. Fr.Louie R. Coronel, O.P., will also be open to the public beginning 7:00 P.M. of October 8. Visitors may enter UST Gate 7 at Padre Noval street

    The heart relic will be transferred to the Manila Cathedral after the send-offMass at 7:30 A.M. of October 9.

    The visit of the heart relic of St. Padre Pio is organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Clergy (CBCP-ECC) in coordination with the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Santo Tomas, Batangas.

    The visit to UST is part of its tour of the Philippines, which is from October 5 to 26, 2018. The relic will stay in Luzon from October 8 to 11 in the Archdiocese of Manila before being transferred to the Archdiocese of Cebu in the Visayas from October 11 to 13, and to the Archdiocese of Davao in Mindanao from October 14 to 16. (University of Santo Tomas)

     

  • Padre Pio’s heart relic arrives in the Philippines


    The incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina arrived in the country on Friday, October 5, 2018.

    The sacred relic arrived at the terminal one of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 10 p.m. from San Giovanni Rotondo in Rome, Italy. It was accompanied by retired Archbishop of Lipa, Ramon Arguelles; Fr. Joselin Gonda, rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas; and two Capuchins. 

     

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

     

    The arrival and welcome rites were followed by a motorcade from NAIA to the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Batangas where the Welcome Mass was presided by Lipa Archbishop Gilbert Garcera on October 6 at around 12:30 a.m.

    A Holy Eucharist was also held at 9 a.m., presided over by Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines. 

    In his homily, Archbishop Caccia shared the three characteristics of the heart of Padre Pio who is also known for his sufferings and trials. According to him, Padre Pio’s heart is a child-like heart, suffering but loving, and pure.

    At the end, Archbishop Caccia emphasized that, “A pure heart sees well. It can see what is good and what is evil, and moreover it can discern God’s will.”

    The relic is staying in the Philippines from October 5-26, 2018 making a round to Luzon from October 8-11 (Archdiocese of Manila), the Visayas from October 11-13 (Archdiocese of Cebu), and Mindanao from October 13-16 (Archdiocese of Davao).  

    It will be brought to San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa, Batangas on October 17 and will stay at the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio from October 18-26.

    The historic visit is made possible through the collaboration of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Clergy headed by Bishop Buenaventura Famadico, Archdiocese of Lipa, headed by Archbishop Gilbert Garcera, and Fr. Joselin Gonda, Rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas Batangas.  (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

    WATCH: Highlights during the veneration of the devotees to the heart relic of St. Padre Pio and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Archbishop Gabriele Caccio, DD, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines at the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on October 6, 2018, at 9 a.m.

     

  • Social Media workshop for parish personnel


    The Human Resource Department of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC) conducted a two-day seminar maximizing the use of social media in evangelization on September 27 and 28, 2018, at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The seminar entitled “Social Media Skills Enhancement Training Workshop” was participated by the different parish personnel in the Archdiocese of Manila. 

    The activity aims to teach the parish personnel to see and use social media as a way to live out their faith.


    Photo by RCAM-AOC

    Among the topics discussed were – Social Media Jargons, Risks, and Rewards, Visual and Video Storytelling, Experiential Story Telling, Secondary Reflection, Reframing: Outsmarting Fake News, and a crash course on Mobile Photography.

    Guest speakers during the training were Ms. Josh Alfaro of Radio Veritas and Mr. Patrick Manlapaz of the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN).

    On July 22, 2018, RCAM HRDD also conducted the same training for the employees of the different ministries of the Archdiocese. The activity was aimed at responding to the call of becoming a good and effective evangelizer in the digital age. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • “Konek-Tahan” focuses on Evangelization


    The main task of a Social Communications Ministry is to communicate the importance of the message of God.

    Putting into perspective the task of a Social Communications Ministry, Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen of the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications pointed out the importance of a social communicator’s ability to evangelize the Word of God during the fourth vicariate visitation in San Felipe Neri on September 22, 2018.

    According to him, a social communicator must reflect the teachings of Christ in words and deeds in various forms of communication in and out of the ministry.

    “There are many ways of saying things. At ito po ang diwa ng ating trabaho sa social communications na when we say things hindi lang ito basta nakakatuwa, nakakaaliw, and people are entertained, rather we say something true,” Fr. Bellen said.

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring


    A social communicator, according to him, must remember three important things when partaking in the mission of evangelization namely, the message, medium, and the process.

    “Three things, the message is always about the Word of God. The medium, speak simply as how the Lord being God as he is, he spoke in the language of farmers, of fishermen that they would understand. It is not about him, it is about the message. At huling huli, the process. At some point, you can only do so much. Sana po let God do his work as well hindi po tayo ang mga Kristo,” Fr. Bellen said.

    On August 18, 2018, the ACSC conducted its third visitation in the Vicariate of Saint John the Baptist. It was held at the Arzobispado de Manila coinciding with the SOCOM third general assembly.

    The vicariate visitation is dubbed as “KONEK-TAHAN” that is aimed at encouraging and equipping the ministers/communicators in the parish to utilize their technical skills, develop creativity, and promote catholic faith and values un parish and vicariate levels.

    The ACSC is currently organizing and mobilizing parishes to actively participate in the Church’s evangelization through the mechanism of effective communication. 

    The Vicariate of Saint John the Baptist is composed of the following parishes: Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord, mary the Queen, Territorial/Personal), Archdiocesan Shrine of Mary the Queen of Peace (Our Lady of EDSA) Quasi Parish, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint John the Baptist, Santuario de San Jose, and Santuario de Santo Cristo while the vicariate of San Felipe Neri is composed of Archdiocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Abandoned, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Welfareville, Saint Dominic Savio, San Felipe Neri, and San Roque respectively. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • CBCP releases prayer for teachers

     

    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has released a prayer for Filipino educators to be read in masses on September 29 and 30.

    “The CBCP asks that the special prayer be recited in the anticipated masses on Sept. 29 and in all Sunday masses on Sept. 30,” according to CBCPNews post.

    Photo Credit: The Nazarene Catholic School Facebook Page

    Also according to the post, the prayer was released on September 21, two weeks before the “World Teachers” Day on October 5. The occasion also marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that recognizes the right to education as a social right and a responsibility.

    With the theme, “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher,” the celebration aims to remind the global community that the right to education cannot be achieved without the right to be trained and be qualified teachers.

    The release of the prayer for Filipino educators is also in celebration of the National Teachers’ Month that calls for the teachers to be blessed by God, and asks to “inspire them to touch the future.”

    “They influence how big a dream we dream for ourselves,” part of the prayer reads.

     

    Here’s the full text of the prayer:

    A PRAYER FOR TEACHERS

    Giver of All Wisdom, Greatest of all Teachers,
    Look upon our teachers with love

    Grant them the resolve,
    To nurture our eager minds
    And to never give up on us who fall behind

    Bless their hearts
    For they rejoice when we succeed
    And encourage us when we fail

    Endow them with gentle patience
    For the path of learning is never easy

    Kindly a spirit of passion in them
    It is the flame that ignites the love of learning in us

    Help them see the potential in each student
    Their belief in us means much more that the grade we make

    Instill in them a commitment to keep on learning
    It shows us to not fear new knowledge and experiences

    Inspire them to touch the future
    They influence how big a dream we dream for ourselves

    Bless our teachers who have come before for their work endures to this day

    Let the light of Your example shine upon all teachers:

    To build up with their words
    To love with their mind
    To share with their heart

    Amen.

     

  • 2018 Parilympics kicks off


    The 2018 Parilympics opened on Monday, September 24, 2018, at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary in Makati City.

    The annual sports festival hosted by the Archdiocese of Manila held its opening ceremony with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. and was presided by Bishop Nolly Buco of the Diocese of Antipolo. Rev. Fr. Marthy Marcelo led the priests in the recitation of the oath of sportsmanship.

    Archdiocese of Manila
    Photos by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Among the dioceses who joined the opening of the event were Malolos, Imus, Antipolo, and the Archdiocese of Manila including some priests from the Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR).

    Parilympic which started in 1995 during the auspice of the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila is aimed at promoting unity, friendship, and sportsmanship as well as developing camaraderie among priests.

    In his homily, Bishop Buco reminded the clergy of the value of sportsmanship and healthy competition.

    “Kaya nga sa sports, we are reminded na dapat tayo magpapasalamat, manalo man tayo, natalo tayo. Ang natatalo dapat nagpapasalamat dahil napapasaya nila ang mga nananalo. At ganun din ang nga nananalo dapat nagpapasalamat sa natatalo dahil hindi sila makakatanggap ng reward kung walang natatalo,” Bishop Buco said.

    According to Rev. Fr. Tony Navarette, over-all in charge of the event, the clergy will compete against each other in basketball, volleyball, bowling, tennis, and badminton.

    Basketball will be held for a month while volleyball, bowling, tennis, and badminton will be held on October 4, 2018, at the Philippine Columban in Paco, Manila.

    The schedule of the closing ceremony will be announced soon.

    Diocese of Imus

    Importance and Significance

    Rev. Fr. Bong Bayaras from the Archdiocese of Manila, found joy and excitement by looking at the event as an occasion to bond with his friend priests inside and outside the seminary. It is also a fitting moment to interact with his fellow priests from other dioceses.

    He also noted the significance of spirituality not only in sports or any activities, more so in strengthening brotherhood with other priests.

    “Inaalala din namin siyempre, hindi naman namin pwedeng hubarin yung pagkapari namin pag naglalaro kami. Alalahanin pa rin namin na nakikita parin kami ng mga bata, yung mga seminarista, ng ibang tao na pari kami, na we also bring spirituality sa ginagawa din namin. Hind lang basta physical well-being pero kung paano mo rin kikilalalanin ang iba, paano ka magbi-build ng relationship, paano mo papatibayin yung brotherhood sa mga kapatid na pari,” Fr. Bayaras said.

    Bridging the gap between the diocesan and religious priests, Rev. Fr. Vincent Cadeliña, OAR said that the event is a good opportunity and collaboration among the priests. 

    “Para sa akin, kailanganin din ng collaboration. Meron kasing agwat between diocesan saka mga religious. It’s a good move na merong sumali na mga religious para makilala din in sports not only sa mga meeting na ganyan,” Fr. Cadeliña said.

    According to Fr. Cadeliña, this is the first time that the Clergy of the Order of Augustinian Recollects joins the Parilympics. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

    Diocese of Malolos

    Diocese of Antipolo


    Photo gallery: 2018 Parilympic

  • Caritas Manila sends Relief and Rehabilitation Aid to Typhoon Ompong Victims


    Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila has given 6 million pesos relief and financial aid to the families affected by typhoon Ompong especially in Northern Luzon.

    Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila, said that a total of 6-million pesos has been donated to the rehabilitation and livelihood of the families affected by Ompong.

    “Marami tayong napadalhan ng relief sa mga biktima ng bagyong Ompong. Ngayon ay nagsimula tayo sa rehabilitation na binubuo ng housing repair at mga livelihood support,”  Fr. Pascual said in an interview by Radio Veritas.


    Fr. Pascual further added that the funds donated for the rehabilitation and livelihood of the victims come from ALAY KAPWA, an annual Lenten Evangelization, and fundraising program of the Roman Catholic Church for social services of the poor and most in need, especially during times of disaster.

    The Church has already distributed a total of 9-million pesos financial aid, rehabilitation of houses, and livelihood support to the affected families of Ompong in the Dioceses of Tuguegarao, Iligan, Tabuk. Laoag, Baguio, and Tarlac.

    Earlier Caritas Manila agave a 1-million pesos financial aid to the five dioceses affected by typhoon Ompong that made a landfall in Northern Luzon last September 15, 2018. A typhoon proof chapel will be built and will serve as the evacuation center during calamities. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Padre Pio’s holiness in the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons


    Finding the visit of the heart relic of Padre Pio timely in the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of The Manila Cathedral, urged his fellow priests to draw inspiration from the life and sufferings of the saint.

    “Nawa sa taong ito ng mga pari at ng mga taong nagtalaga sa Diyos, makita naming si Padre Pio bilang isang magandang halimbawa ng aming pagsunod sa Panginoon, sa pamamagitan ng paggawa ng aming mga tungkulin ng buong katapatan at sa pamamagitan din ng pagbabata ng aming paghihirap sa katahimikan bilang pagsunod sa kalooban ng Diyos,”  Fr. Malicdem said.


    Clergy from the different dioceses and archdioceses attend the celebration of the Holy Eucharist during the third day of PCNE5
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


    He reflected on the life of Padre Pio who lived in San Giovanni Rotondo in Foggia, Italy and spent his life as a Capuchin Friar. During his ministry, there were controversies and suspicions on him receiving the stigmata. He was brought to a secluded place and was not allowed to perform his priestly duties. 

    The holiness of Padre Pio was reflected during those times when he embraced with obedience and an open heart the pain he bore from the wounds of Christ.

    “Si Padre Pio, hindi lang naman s’ya gumawa ng mga karaniwang ginagawa ng isang pari, nagmimisa, nagpapakumpisal, nangangaral, yung kabanalan ni Padre Pio ay nakita rin natin dun sa kan’yang tahimik na pagbabata ng paghihirap, at pakikiisa sa paghihirap ni Kristo. Alam nating lahat na sakan’yang katawan dinala rin ni Padre Pio yung mga sugat ni Hesus,”  Fr. Malicdem said.

    In the observance of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, where the Church is being castigated by various issues, Fr. Malicdem urged his brother priests to respond to the call of holiness by carrying out with joy and ardor their own sufferings and mission of evangelization.

    “Maraming pagsubok sa daigdig na ito, maraming pag-uusig ang hinaharap ng simbahan at maraming pag-uusig, lalong-lalo na sa mga namumuno sa Simbahan. Pero sa tahimik na pagbabata nito, sa tahimik na pagdadala nito sa aming mga puso bilang pakikibahagi namin sa paghihirap, sa pagdurusa ni Kristo, doon nagkakaroon din kami ng kabanalan,”  Fr. Malicdem said.

    According to a circular letter released by the Archdiocese of Manila, the visit of the incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio will highlight the celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Person. 

    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission of the Clergy (CBCP-ECC), in cooperation with the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas is hosting the visit of the incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio to the Philippines from October 5-26, 2018.

    The heart relic will be in Luzon (October 8-11), Visayas (October 11-13), and Mindanao (October 14-16).

    Part of the Luzon visit, the heart relic will be in the University of Santo Tomas on October 8, 2018. The whole day is dedicated for the Priests and Consecrated Persons. From October 9-11, 2018, the relic will be in Manila Cathedral. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Archbishop Abaya dies at 89


    Archbishop Emeritus of Nueva Segovia passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

    According to a post on the CPCB website, Archbishop Abaya died at around 3 p.m. at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City. He was 89.

    Photo credit: www.cbcpwebsite.com

    Abaya was the first appointee of the late pope-turned-saint John Paul II as bishop in the Philippines.

    He was born on January 19, 1929, in Candon, Ilocos Sur and was ordained a priest for Nueva Segovia in 1953. He was appointed the third bishop of Laoag in 1978 and served the diocese for two decades.

    In 1999, he was elevated as archbishop of Nueva Segovia, making him the first Ilocos Sur native to serve the post. 

    He served the pastoral ministry for 65 years until his retirement as archbishop in 2005.

    During his active years in the ministry, Abaya had served as chairman of the CBCP’s Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs from 1988 to 1989.

    He was also a member of the CBCP Permanent Council from 1990 to 1991. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Visit of the incorrupt heart relic of Padre Pio set at the Manila Cathedral


    Devotees of Padre Pio will have a chance to venerate the incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina at the Manila Cathedral from October 9 – 11, 2018. 

    The sacred relic will arrive at the Manila Cathedral on October 9, 2018, with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m.   It will depart from the cathedral to Cebu on October 11, 2018, with a farewell Mass at 6 a.m.

    The cathedral will be open 24 hours to allow the devotees of Padre Pio to venerate his relic. Confessions will also be available.

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral said the visit is significant because this year marks the Centenary of Padre Pio’s receiving the stigmata (the five wounds of Jesus) on September 20 and the golden anniversary of his death on September 23. He also said that the Manila Cathedral is blessed to be visited by the heart relic because this year is the 60th anniversary of the rebuilding of the Manila Cathedral postwar.

    The historic visit of the heart relic of Padre Pio who died in 1968 at San Giovanni Rotondo in Foggia, Italy, shows that like us, he is also human who lived in this world and endured a lot of sufferings and tried to be holy.

    …ang isang mahalagang makita natin sa kan’yang pagdalaw sa atin, yung kan’yang puso ay katulad din ng ating puso at yung kan’yang puso na inilaan n’ya sa Diyos, sana ganun din tayo, ilaan natin yung ating mga puso sa Diyos ang ating buong buhay sa Diyos,” Fr. Malicdem said.

    Fr. Malicdem also asked the faithful to continue praying to Padre Pio the grace of having a heart that is rooted in the profound love of the Lord for mankind.

    “Humingi tayo ng panalangin kay Padre Pio, kasi alam natin kahit noong nabubuhay pa s’ya napakabisa ng kan’yang panalangin. Maraming dumarayo sa kan’ya upang humingi ng kan’yang panalangin sapagkat alam natin na ang isang pusong nakatalaga sa Diyos, ay dinirinig ng Diyos, kaya sa paglapit natin sa kan’ya dalin natin yung mga hinaing ng ating puso, dalin natin yung mga dinadala natin sa ating buhay,” Fr. Malicdem said.

    The visit of the heart relic of Padre Pio is organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Clergy (CBCP-ECC) in coordination with the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas Batangas.

    The relic will stay in the Philippines from October 5-26, 2018 making a round to Luzon from October 8-11 (Archdiocese of Manila), the Visayas from October 11-13 (Archdiocese of Cebu), and Mindanao from October 14-16 (Archdiocese of Davao).  

    It will be brought to San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa, Batangas on October 17 and will stay at the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio from October 18-26. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

    Schedule of the visit  of the heart relic of St. Padre Pio to the Philippines

    Schedule of Visit at the University of Santo Tomas and The Manila Cathedral 

  • Caritas Manila to build “Typhoon-proof chapel”


    Caritas Manila, the Social Service Arm of the Archdiocese of Manila aims to continue its program for the construction of a “typhoon-proof chapel" in various provinces that were affected by typhoon Ompong.

    In an article posted in the website of Radio Veritas, Fr. Anton CT Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila said, there were 74 3-in-1 chapels built in Leyte and Samar after the 2013 Super Typhoon Yolanda.

    “Matibay ang ating chapels sa Visayas yung tinamaan ng Yolanda 3-and-1 ‘yan. Kahit ang tinamaan ng bagyong Sendong sa Visayas at Mindanao matibay na ang mga chapels natin na puwedeng gamitin evacuation center may mga CR yan it can withstand 250 kph, strong winds hanggang 250 kph nasubukan na ‘yan. At ‘yan ang gusto nating replicate sa mga lalawigan,”  Fr. Pascual said.


    During the fury of typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut), several churches in Northern Luzon were destroyed including St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Gattaran, Cagayan.

    Ompong landed in the Philippines on September 15, 2018, at 1:30 in the morning.

    According to Fr. Pascual who is also the President of Radio Veritas, the said “typhoon-proof chapels” can be used as a church, training, and evacuation centers and can withstand a wind power of 240 kilometers per hour.

    Fr. Pascual also added that Caritas Manila has also built a large warehouse, training center, ambulance, and 40 ft. container van in Tagum, Mindanao that can be used for rescue operations during calamities.

    “It can go anywhere in Mindanao. Meron syang mobile clinic, office at rescue natin at magre-replicate din tayo sa Visayas,” Fr. Pascual added.

    Earlier, Caritas Manila sent a million pesos help to the different archdiocese and dioceses that were affected by typhoon Ompong in Luzon.  (Marian Navales Pulgo/Radio Veritas and Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

  • Caritas Manila calls for donations for 'Ompong' victims

    Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila is appealing to the faithful for prayers and donations for the victims of typhoon Ompong (International name "Mangkhut").
    Typhoon Ompong brings heavy rains that caused massive flooding to the different provinces in Luzon particularly in Cagayan and Isabela.  
     Donations maybe in cash and kind:
    - Food (rice, munggo, sugar, salt, pancit malunggay/kalabasa or bihon, canned vegetables, dried fish
    - Non-food items like water, hygiene kits, mats, blankets and towels, clothes, new underwear
    - Cash for shelter materials
    Cash donations may be deposited at the following bank accounts:
    Account Name: Caritas Manila, Inc.
    BDO S/A: 5600-45905
    BPI S/A: 3063-5357-01
    Metrobank S/A: 175-3-175069543
    or any Cebuana Lhuiller branch
    Donations may also be dropped off at 2002 Jesus St. Pandacan, Manila. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)
  • Ministry on Bible Apostolate to hold Parish Bible Formation


    The Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Bible Apostolate will hold a Parish Bible Formation on September 15, October 13, and November 10, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex in Guadalupe, Makati City.     

    The formation entitled, “Introduction on the Gospels for the Parish Bible Apostolate Coordinators in the Archdiocese of Manila” is aimed at equipping the coordinators with the basic knowledge of the Books of the Bible especially the Gospels. 

    The formation also serves as a requirement for the Commissioning of the Parish Biblical Apostolate Coordinators (PBAC) as well as preparation for the participation in other programs offered by the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) and Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate – National Capital region (ECBA-NCR).

    Rev. Fathers Rolando Garcia, Jr., RCAM-MBA Director and Adonis Saclolo will be the speakers during the formation.

    Each parish in the Archdiocese of Manila may send two participants to join the formation who have been named coordinators by the Parish Biblical Apostolate together with the endorsement letter from their parish priest.

    A registration fee of P1,000.00 will be collected for the said dates of formation.

    A Certificate of Completion will be given to those who will attend the formation.

    For inquiries, please call RCAM MBA at cellphone number 0919-2166744 and look for Sister Leysis or email at rcam.mba@gmail.  (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • CEAP-NCR launches “Huwag Kang Magnakaw” month


    The Catholic Education Association of the Philippines National Capital region (CEAP-NCR) Advocacy Committee officially launched the “Huwag Kang Magnakaw” month at the Don Bosco Technical College in Mandaluyong City on September 7, 2018.

    Rev. Fr. Atilano “Nonong” Fajardo, CM-Chairman of CEAP-NCR Advocacy Committee, said that the campaign is aimed at promoting and inculcating honesty, integrity, and generosity to the students.  According to him, it is also a way for the Catholic schools to fully participate in responding to the social issues our country is facing nowadays.

    “Ngayong araw po ay nilo-launch ng CEAP-NCR Advocacy Commission na nagkataon ako din po ang head ito pong Huwag Kang Magnakaw Month, sinisimulan po natin sa lahat ng Eskwelahan yung initiative po for honesty, Integrity and Generosity para po nang sa ganun ang bawat eskwelahan po ay patuloy na magbigay ng kanilang mga pwedeng ipakita na ang Catholic School pala ay talagang bahagi nung pagbabago ng bayan…,”  Fr. Fajardo said in an interview by Radio Veritas.



    However, Fr. Fajardo who is also the head of the Archdiocese of Manila Public Affairs Ministry pointed out that change must begin from within a person’s heart, by living out the slogan printed on the “Huwag Kang Magnakaw” shirt to help promote the campaign.

    CEAP-NCR is consists of 173 member Catholic schools from the eight dioceses in the National Capital Region.

    On December 16, 2014, the Catholic Church officially launched in the Philippines the “Huwag Kang Magnakaw” t-shirt drive that was taken from the Seventh Commandment, “Thou Shall not Steal”.

    The campaign aims to show the Filipinos’ sentiments on the corruption in the government. (Reyn Letran/Radio Veritas and Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Penafrancia visits St. Joseph Parish in Tondo


    The pilgrim image of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia visits the St. Joseph Parish in Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila from September 5-13, 2018.

    The parishioners of St. Joseph Parish welcomed the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia with a multitude of colorful balloons and confetti and with songs of joys and hymn of praises.

    Photo by Eijay Valerio de Paz/SOCOM Minister - St. Joseph Parish

    Rev. Fr. Joey Tuazon, parish priest of St. Joseph led the welcome Mass on September 5, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Sister Pablita Lagasca led the Panalangin ng Pagtanggap to the Blessed Mother at the opening of the Mass.

    In his homily, Fr. Tuazon reflected on the various miraculous deeds of the Blessed Mother in the lives of the faithful and how these miracles affect their faith in God.

    On September 11, a Healing Mass will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the Manto Imposition of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia while on September 12, a Solemn farewell Mass will be held at 6:30 p.m. to be followed by a procession at 7:30 p.m.

    The image will be brought back to Naga on September 13, 2018. (Eijay Valerio de Paz/SOCOM Minister - St. Joseph Parish)

     

  • Heart Relic of Padre Pio to visit Philippines in October


    The incorrupt image of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina will be in the Philippines from October 6-26, 2018.

    The heart relic will arrive on the evening of October 5, 2018, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).  It will be followed by a motorcade to the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas where the welcome Mass will be held between 1-2 a.m. on October 6, 2018.

    During a press conference held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, Fr. Joselin Gonda, Rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Batangas, said that the heart relic will be brought to the three major islands of the country, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Padre Pio’s heart relic will visit Luzon on October 8-10 and will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Manila while the visit in the Visayas will take place on October 11-13 and will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Cebu. The Mindanao visit is scheduled on October 14-16 and will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Davao.

    On October 17, the heart relic will go back to Batangas where a concelebrated Mass will be held at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa City. After the Mass, it will proceed to the Capuchin Monastery at Brgy. San Sebastian in the city for the exclusive veneration of the Capuchins of the Philippines.  The Saint belongs to the Capuchin branch of the Franciscan Order.

    On October 18, the relic stays at the National Shrine, and a round the clock veneration takes place until its departure on October 26, after, a farewell Mass at 9:00 in the morning.

    In a press release, Fr. Gonda noted that this year will mark two milestones in the life of Padre Pio.

    “First, on September 20, we will commemorate the Centennial (100 years) of Padre Pio’s receiving the stigmata (the five wounds of Jesus).  Second, we will celebrate his golden death anniversary (50 years) on September 23,” explained Fr. Jojo Gonda when asked why he thought of inviting the heart relic to the National Shrine. 

    “The visit of the heart relic is a fitting epilogue to these two important events in the life of St. Padre Pio. Besides, it is the Year of the Clergy and the Consecrated Persons. Padre Pio,  given as a role model for them, can be an inspiration and challenge to us to have a heart like his, close to the Eucharistic and forgiving heart like the Lord,” he added.

    The Philippines is the fourth country that this heart relic will visit. It has already visited the United States, Paraguay, and Argentina. 

    The historic visit is made possible through the collaboration of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Clergy headed by Bishop Buenaventura Famadico, Archdiocese of Lipa, headed by Archbishop Gilbert Garcera, and Fr. Joselin Gonda, Rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas Batangas.

    Saint Padre Pio was born on May 25, 1887, and died in 1968 at San Giovanni Rotondo in Foggia, Italy where he spent his entire life as a Capuchin Friar. 

    The Parish of St. Padre Pio in San Pedro, Sto. Tomas, Batangas was initially established at the chapel of Barangay San Pedro on June 28, 2003, by His Eminence, Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales, D.D. (Archbishop Emeritus of Manila), then Archbishop of Lipa. 

    On July 11, 2015, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) voted unanimously to declare this Shrine as National Shrine of St. Padre Pio. This is the first shrine to be declared as a national shrine in the Archdiocese of Lipa, in the whole province of Batangas. The Solemn Declaration was held on September 14, 2015. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Radio Veritas holds Marian Healing Exhibit


    Radio Veritas 846, the Catholic radio station in the AM band of the Archdiocese of Manila holds Marian Exhibit from September 1-16, 2018 at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City.

    On its 12th year of informing and propagating the devotion to the Blessed Mother, the exhibit entitled, “Marian Healing Exhibit” highlights canonically crowned and popular venerated images as well as life-sized images of the Blessed Virgin
    Mary from various parts of the country. 

    Photo by Carl Geronimo/Radio Veritas

    The formal opening and blessing of the exhibit was held on September 1, 2018, and was led by Rev. Fr. Bong Bonggayan, Assistant to the President of Radio Veritas. He was joined by Miss Lolit Deala, Veritas846 Marketing Collaterals Head.

    Aside from its mission of spreading the role of Mary in the life of the faithful, Radio Veritas President Rev. Fr. Anton Pascual said that it is also an opportunity to prepare for the celebration of the 500th years of Christianity in the Philippines and the feast of the Nativity of Mary.

    “Our main goal for this event is to bring a remarkable experience to all the devotees and Catholic faithful as it is our way of helping them strengthen and deepen their faith to the Blessed Mother,” Pascual said.

    “As we all know the Catholic Church is also preparing for the celebration of the Nativity of Mary and this event is also a good opportunity for all the devotees to strengthen their faith to the Blessed Mother. That is why we are encouraging them to join and support this event,” he added.

    The exhibit is free and open to the public during mall hours from 10 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

    For inquiries, please call Ms. Renee Jose or Mr. Lawrence Valdez at (02) 925-7932 to 39 local 129. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Laudato Si Conference opens 6th Season of Creation


    The Archdiocese of Manila will open its 6th Season of Creation and the 3rd World Day of  Prayer for Creation with a Laudato Si Conference during the Manila Archdiocesan General Pastoral Assembly (MAGPAS) on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Cardinal Sin Auditorium in Paco Manila, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The theme for this year’s celebration is “Go and Repair my house, which, as you can see, lies in ruins.” A timely call for all of us during this time of global ecological crisis. Pope Francis reminded us in his message during the 3rd year anniversary of the encyclical, Laudato Si.



    The conference will develop the Laudato Si theme of Integral Ecology and inspire us to the Ecological Conversion that most of us need to undergo in order to help repair the damage done to God’s creation.

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo will deliver a talk on Laudato Si and Ecological Conversion at 8:45 a.m. and will preside the Holy Eucharist at 4:00 p.m.

    Aside from the various talks on Laudato Si, Archdiocese of Manila will also launch its campaign of addressing plastic pollution through  Ecobrick Workshop and demonstration of the use of the finished product. Ecobrick is the most practical, simple and accessible technology that everyone can participate.

    From September 2 to October 6, one Laudato Si chapter from the Faith Exposed Video of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will be shown before the start of every Sunday Mass as a way of continuing education and call to ecological conversion.

    Meanwhile, all the parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila will celebrate the Season of Creation from September 2, 2018 to October 6, 2018 with various concrete activities like Ecobrick and LampAraw assembling as witnessing to the proper care of our common Home.

    His Holiness Pope Francis proclaimed September 1, 2015, as the World Day of Prayer for Creation. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

  • PITONG DAHILAN BAKIT TAYO TUTOL SA CHARTER CHANGE AT PEDERALISMO?

     
    Sa kasalukuyan, may tatlong proposal ang inilabas tungkol sa balangkas ng Pederal Konstitusyon. Una ay mula sa Resolution ng Both Houses No. 8 na isinumite ni Cong. Aurelio Gonzales Jr. at Eugene Michael De Vera, ikalawa ay mula sa PDP-Laban sa pamumuno ni Sen. Koko Pimintel at ikatlo ay mula sa Consultative Committee na binuo ni Pangulong Duterte, at pinamunuan ni retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno. Narito ang mga dahilan kung bakit tayo tumututol sa panukalang baguhin ang Saligang Batas at palitan ang porma ng gobyerno patungong Pederalismo:

    1. Hindi dapat Constituent Assembly ang paraan ng pagbabago ng Konstitusyon dahil mga pulitiko rin ang huhugis ng mga pagbabago at hindi malayong maglagay sila ng mga probisyon na papabor sa kanilang personal na interes gaya ng pagpapalawig ng kanilang termino. Ang dapat ay Constitutional Convention kung saan ang mamamayang Pilipino ang pipili ng mga taong pinagkakatiwalaan nilang maghugis ng bagong Konstitusyon. Lalo lamang mamamayagpag ang mga political dynasties na animo’y hari at reyna sa kanilang mga rehiyon o probinsya.

    2. Sa kasalukuyang Konstitusyon, hindi maaaring makipagkasundo ang gobyerno sa mga korporasyon na hindi 60% na pag-aari ng Filipino tungkol sa paggamit o pagkatas ng likas na yaman ng ating bayan. Sa mga panukala, ito ay papayagan depende sa batas na gagawin ng Regional o Federal Government.

    3. Sa kasalukuyang Konstitusyon, hindi maaaring paupahan sa pribadong korporasyon ang ating lupang agrikultural nang higit sa 25 taon at higit sa isang libong ektarya. Hindi rin maaaring paupahan sa isang Filipino ang ating lupang agrikultural na higit sa 500 ektarya at hindi rin maaaring makatanggap ang isang Filipino ng lupang agrikultural mula sa gobyerno na higit sa 12 ektarya. Sa mga panukala ay aalisin ang ganitong mga limitasyon.

    4. Sa kasalukuyang Konstitusyon, bawal mag-ari ang mga dayuhan ng lupang pribado sa Pilipinas, maliban kung ito ay minana, o kung ang isang korporasyon ay 60% na pag-aari ng mga Filipino. Sa mga panukala ay aalisin ang ganitong mga restriksyon.

    5. Ganito rin aspeto ng public utilities gaya ng kuryente, langis, tubig, transportasyon, komunikasyon, at mass media. Ang ating konstitusyon ay nagtatalaga ng limitasyon na tanging mga Filipino o mga korporasyong may 60% pagmamay-aring Filipino lamang ang maaring magnegosyo. Sa mga panukala, binibigyan ang Regional o Federal government ng kalayaan na magpapasok ng mga dayuhan na magnegosyo sa mga industryang ito.

    6. Maliban dito ay siguradong tataas ang buwis na ipapataw sa mamamayan dahil kailangang tustusan ng buwis na ito ang laki at lawak ng bagong istruktura at operasyon ng bagong pederal na gobyerno. Maraming bagong ahensiya at opisina ng gobyerno ang itatatag upang umandar ang rehiyonal o pederal na istruktura. Siguradong mas malupit ang hagupit nito sa Train Law.

    7. Tatamaan din ng Pederalismo ang sektor ng mga manggagawa dahil maaaring sa iba’t-ibang rehiyon ay maging iba’t-iba na ang depenisyon ng regular na manggagawa at kontraktwalisasyon. Lalong gugulo ang batas ukol sa paggawa dahil dedepende na sa mga rehiyon ang mga bagong depinisyon ng batas.

    Ang Charter Change at Pederalismo ay panlinlang lamang sa tunay na agenda na ibukas ang yaman ng Pilipinas sa mga dahuyan. Higit na maghihirap ang mga mahihirap kung mawawala ang mga proteksyon at limitasyon na itinalaga ng kasalukuyang Konstitusyon. Bibigyan ang mga dayuhan ng karapatan na mag-ari ng mga lupang pribado, lupang agrikultural at public utilities. Lalo nang mawawalan ng espasyo ang mga Filipino sa kaniyang sariling bayan. Lalong maghihirap ang magsasaka, manggagawa, maralitang taga-lungsod, at mga katutubo. Hindi natin ito dapat payagan. Hindi man perperkto ay sapat na ang 1987 Constitution upang paginhawahin ang buhay ng mga Filipino. Wala sa porma ng gobyerno ang problema kundi nasa korupsyon at kapabayaan ng mga namumuno na inuuna ang mga interes ng mga dayuhan at mga dambuhalang namumuhunan.

    CHARTER CHANGE AT PEDERALISMO, 

    HINDI MAKABUBUTI PARA SA MGA MAHIHIRAP.

    TUTULAN!


    Commission on Social Services and Development
    Archdiocese of Manila
    August 2018

  • PAHAYAG NG PAKIKIISA AT PAGGUNITA SA ARAW NG MGA BAYANI



    Sa araw na ito, isa ang Church Labor Conference (CLC) sa paggunita at pagpupugay sa ating mga naging bayani na nanindigan para sa prinsipyo at kapakanan ng bansang Pilipinas.

    Nagpupugay rin ang CLC sa mga buhay na bayani mula sa hanay ng mamamayan tulad ng: mga manggagawa; magsasaka; OFWs na nagbubuhos ng dugo at pawis para sa pag-unlad ng tao at lipunan. Subalit, higit lalong humirap ang kalagayan ng mga manggagawa at sambayanang Pilipino sa ilalim ng bagong administrasyon.

    Nananatili ang sistemang kontraktwalisasyon sa kabila ng EO51 at DO174; umabot na sa higit 10 milyon ang walang trabaho; nagtaasan ang mga bilihin at serbisyo na di kayang tugunan ng kakarampot na sweldo. Biktima ng matinding karahasan dulot ng giyera sa droga ang mga mahihirap samantalang nananatiling malaya ang nagnenegosyo ng droga.

    Nasaan ang pangakong pagbabago at kaunlaran? Bakit lalong nalugmok sa kahirapan at karahasan ang sambayanan? Ayon nga sa pahayag ng simbahan sa usaping panglipunan: ang mabuhay ng may dangal ay pagkilala at paggalang sa karapatan (ng mga manggagawa) sa regular na trabaho; sapat na sweldo nang sa gayun ay matugunan ang pangangailangan nila bilang tao – para sa pagkain; pagpapaaral; pabahay at iba pang batayang pangangilangan.

    Hindi lasap ng manggagawa’t mahihirap ang “Change is coming” ng rehimeng Duterte. Pinapatay na nga ng mababang sahod, nagtataasang mga bilihin, at kontraktwal na paggawa. Maari pang maging biktima o “collateral damage” ng gyera kontra droga. Kapag nangahas namang lumaban sa ganitong kasuklam-suklam na kalagayan gaya ng mga manggagawa ng NutriAsia na sinagupa ng pulisya’t mga goons ng kapitalista. Ang kabalintunaan, marami sa kanila ang kasama sa 16 milyon na botante’t tagahanga ni Duterte noong nakaraang halalan.

    Ngunit bayani man kung ituring ang mga manggagawa, kami ay hindi mga martir. Dumating na ang panahong nagsawa na kami sa pagtitiis at pagsasawalang-kibo. Ubos na ang aming pasensya sa krisis sa kabuhayan at sa paghahari ng inhustisya sa lipunan.

    Ang taong simbahan ay nakikiisa sa paglaban ng mga manggagawa upang tunay na maghari sa lupa ang kaharian at kapayapaan ng Diyos – hindi ng pera, pulitika at karahasan. Nararapat lamang, kung gayon, na makiisa ang simbahan sa mga pagsusulong ng manggagawa sa mga karapatan sa regular na trabaho, sapat na sweldo, pag-oorganisa at sa pagpapatatag ng kanilang hanay.

    Nagkakaisang-tinig kaming ipinapaabot sa gobyernong ito ang kanyang obligasyon na magkaloob ng disenteng trabaho at buhay sa kanyang mamamayan lalo ng mga mahihirap. Ito ay mahalagang responsibilidad bilang mga opisyal sa serbisyo publiko. Isaprayoridad ang kapakanan ng mga manggagawa at sambayanan!. Itigil ang kontraktwalisasyon!


    Agosto 27, 2018
    Church Labor Conference (CLC)


     

     

  • RCAM Personnel participate in Emergency Drill


    Personnel of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) housed in Arzobispado de Manila participated in Shelter-In-Place and Fire Evacuation Drills on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at their office in Intramuros, Manila. It is aimed at preparing and ensuring the readiness of the community in responding to various types of crisis and disasters.

    The Station Commander of Intramuros Fire Sub-Station Chief Inspector Jema B. Wee and her team witnessed the drills. 

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Shelter-In-Place Drill (in situations where there is an imminent threat to one’s safety)

    The rapid ringing of the bell signaled the beginning of the drill at 4 in the afternoon while two unidentified men entered the building. Employees inside their offices closed and locked the doors and windows, and sought cover. Lights were turned off and mobile phones and other devices were turned into silent mode.

    Those employees outside the room or those who are in the lobby, stairs, and hallway looked for a safe and secure place.  They also placed their gadgets into silent mode. 

    Everyone was in silence until an announcement over the Public Address (PA) system was made that ended the drill.

    FIRE EVACUATION

    A few minutes after the first drill, the fire alarm was activated. All the employees came out from their rooms carrying their personal belongings. Some brought with them important documents and laptop. Members of the RCAM disaster team immediately guided the employees in proceeding to the parking lot designated as the evacuation area. The Disaster Team made sure that no employees were left inside the building.

    Last August 2, 2018, an Earthquake and Compound Shutdown Drills were also conducted to familiarize the employees what to do in case an actual earthquake and other emergency happen.

    The Emergency Drill was organized by Emergency Response Team composed of volunteer employees from the different department. ERT is chair by Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Message delivered by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo during the Thanksgiving Mass for the 14th year anniversary of Pondo ng Pinoy at the Manila Cathedral on August 12, 2018, at 11 a.m.


    Kagabi po nung kasagsagan ng ulan at hangin, may natanggap akong text message, “Bishop, tuloy ba bukas ang ating caravan?” At ang sagot ko sa text message, “Oo, tuloy, nakasakay naman kayo sa sasakyan. Hindi naman kayo mababasa.” 

    Pero ang malalim pong dahilan ay sapagkat ang “Pondo ng Pinoy” ay tanda po ng katapatan, ng perseverance. So anumang panahon, tag-ulan man, tag-init, bumabagyo man o hindi tuluy-tuloy ang “Pondo ng Pinoy”. Kaya nga po tayo naka-14 na taon na dahil po rito. At alam niyo po ang mahirap sa “Pondo ng Pinoy”, ang ha… ang hamon sa Pondo ng Pinoy ay hindi yung bente-singko na ibinibigay. Madali lang naman magbigay ng bente-singko. Yung hamon ay yung araw-araw, palagian ‘no. ‘Yan ang pinakahamon sapagkat ang “Pondo ng Pinoy” ay hindi po fund-raising project kasi ang lahat ng fund-raising project ay may katapusan; pagpagpagawa ng simbahan, tapos na ang simbahan, tapos na ang fund-raising natin. |

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Pero ito po ay sinabi nga ng ating mahal na Cardinal ay evangelization program, ine-evangelize tayo, ibig sabihin binabago tayo. Ano yung binabago sa atin? Na araw-araw po naiisip natin ang mga mahihirap at may ginagawa tayong kongkreto araw-araw kahit na bente-singko lang. So, hindi lang yung naiisip ‘no kasi pwede naman silang isipin araw-araw pero yung araw-araw may ginagawa tayong kongkreto kaya ibig sabihin binubuksan ang puso natin araw-araw; sa pagbibigay ng bente-singko. So, yun po ang ating “Pondo ng Pinoy”. Naging mahirap ba? 

    Naramdaman niyo ba? Gumaan yung bulsa niyo dahil sa araw-araw na bente-singko na ibinibigay niyo? Gumaan ba ang bulsa niyo? Nahirapan ba kayo sa budget? Hindi naman siguro pero alam niyo po ngayong taon, dito lang sa Archdiocese of Manila, nakalikom tayo ng higit na 8 milyon. (CLAPS) ‘Yan po ay sa Archdiocese of Manila lang, isang taon lang ng pagbibigay natin ng patak-patak nang gano’n ni hindi natin naramdaman pero ang rami na pong natulungan niyan. 

    Maraming napa-aral, maraming napakain, nabigyan ng gamot, nakapatayo ng bahay, nabigyan ng puhunan sa hanapbuhay dahil po sa hindi natin nararamdaman pero araw-araw nagpapatak tayo. Ano pa kaya kung mas marami ang magpapatak-patak? Sana maging leksyon sa atin itong tag-ulan. Yung ulan po, sa totoo lang naman, patak-patak na tubig yan. Hindi naman isang buhos na tubig, patak-patak yan. Ngunit patak-patak nang sabay-sabay at patak-patak nang palagian, bumabaha ang Maynila dahil sa patak-patak na ‘yon. So, gano’n din po sa atin sa “Pondo ng Pinoy”, kahit patak-patak lang kung lahat tayo at palagian, malaki po ang maitutulong. Pero ang “Pondo ng Pinoy” ay hindi lang pagbibigay nang patak-patak. 

    Una po ‘yan po’y promotion, pino-promote natin sa iba. Kaya yung ginawa nating caravan kanina palagay ko maganda parang binulabog natin ang buong Archdiocese sa ating mga caravan na ipinakita buhay pa ang “Pondo ng Pinoy”. Labing apat na taon na tayo pero tuluy-tuloy sana ang ating promotion. At pagkatapos kasama ng promotion ay education. I-educate natin ang mga tao na magkaroon ng concern sa mga mahihirap, na magkaroon po tayo ng kongkretong ginagawa, educate natin sila na yan po’y mahalaga sa mata ng Diyos. Ang mga details ay mahalaga para sa kabanalan natin. Hindi yung mga big acts na paminsan-minsan lang naibibigay. Yung details ng araw-araw na paggawa yan po ang nagpapabanal sa’tin. Kailangan po natin ng education at ang resulta ng education yung patak-patak na ibinibigay natin. 

    Pero may isa pa tayong programa diyan, kailangan natin ng projects kasi maraming mahihirap, maraming nangangailangan. May pera ang “Pondo ng Pinoy” pero kaunti po yung project natin. Tulad ng ngayon taon sa Archdiocese of Manila, may nakalaan po sa ating 3 million, allotted sa ating Archdiocese. May 3 projects lamang na na-approve. Ang halaga ay 800,000 lang. Hindi naman nasayang yung pera kasi yan ang hindi natin nagamit, nagamit ng ibang probinsya, nagamit din ng ibang dioceses pero marami ring mahirap dito sa atin kaya gumawa rin kayo ng project. May mga nagre-reklamo, ang hirap kasing gumawa ng project. Masyadong istrikto ang ating National Office. Natural istrikto sila kasi yan ay pera ng mga mahihirap. O kaya nga dapat pangalagaan na talagang tatama sa tulong sa mga mahihirap. Hindi nasasayang. Kaya chine-check yung project, maayos ba yan, nakakatulong ba talaga sa mahihirap yan, sino ba ang patutunguhan niyan, ano yung mga reports ninyo? Talagang hinihingi yan kasi yan ay pera ng mahihirap. Hindi pwede yang waldasin. 

    So, ‘yan po yung apat na gawain ng “Pondo ng Pinoy”; promotion, education, yung patak-patak ng cramps, yung contribution at pagkatapos yung project. Kayong lahat na nandito kahit natag-ulan, thank you very much for coming. Sana kayo ngayon ay mga mensahero na ng “Pondo ng Pinoy”. Taga-pagpadala kayo sa inyo-inyong mga parokya, vicariato tungkol dito. Pwede kayong makasama kung saan man. Pwede kayong sa promotion, pwede kayong sumama sa education, pwede kayong sumama sa taga-bilang ng pera ‘no, taga-submit ng pera kasi marami rin problema natin. Mga bente-singko na hindi nabibilang sa inyong mga parokya ‘no kaya kailangan din natin ng taga-pangalaga sa ating koleksyon. At kailangan din natin ng taga-pangalaga sa project, gumawa ng project at magpatupad ng project. Kaya congratulations, susunod tayo next year, 15th year anniversary. Sana po next year, pagsikapan nating lahat na sa 15th year anniversary, kaya kaya nating maabot ang 10 million? Kaya kaya? Depende yan kung nagpo-promote kayo at nage-educate tayo, maaabot natin yung 10 million na ‘yon. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. (CLAPS)

  • Pocket Newscasting highlighted in recent media convention


    “Duyog Ta, Bai”
    emerged as the winner of the pocket newscasting during the 4th National Catholic Media Convention.

    Among the five entries of pocket newscasting during the media convention, “Duyog Ta, Bai” or “We Accompany Each Other” won the championship award for producing the news reporting video in the 4th National Catholic Media Convention held at Mergrande Ocean Resort, Davao City last August 6-9, 2018.

    “Duyog  Ta, Bai” is a three-minute video that featured the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous people at the Kadayawan Village in Davao City.

    Datu Jaime of the Manobo Tribe
    Kadayawan Village
    Magsaysay, Davao City

    Photo by Abert Gerez/Diocese of Pasig

    The Kadayawan Cultural Village

    The Kadayawan Cultural Village in Magsaysay Park becomes a place for culture and peace. The village features the houses of 11 different tribes namely:  Taosug, Maguindanaon, Iranun, Kagan, Maranao, Sama,  Klata, Ata, Ubo Manuvo, Matigsalog, and Tagabawa.


    The village also showcases the rich culture of the 11 tribes through their native houses and display of their handicrafts, crops, and clothes. The different tribes also perform their dance, play their music, wear their traditional clothes, and hold their sacred rituals.

    Peace in Davao

    The Kadayawan Village where the 11 different tribes are located, is a diverse community. Each tribe, though they differ in some aspects, work together for a common goal: to be at peace with one another despite their differences.

    According to the indigenous people who live in the village, they give importance to their culture. But the most important thing that matters is peace and unity among the tribes.

    Fhebelyn Mohamad who lives in Kadayawan Village said that mutual respect brings peace among them and the people who visit their village.

    “Ito lang respeto sa bawat isa yun lang siguro ang gawin natin saka self-discipline. Katulad ng na experience namin dito so far walang away peaceful talaga yung 11 tribes dito. Saka wine-welcome namin kung sino yung pumaspasok sa amin. Nirerespeto namin ang paniniwala nila, saka irespeto naman nila kami, yun lang mutual respect, mutual understanding,” she said.

    Embracing Change

    With the rapid changes that encompass the world, especially in technology, the indigenous people in Magsaysay Park are able to adjust to the modern living or lifestyle.

    From the winning video “Duyog Ta, Bai”,  Litania Benito, 48 years old, stated how they are able to adapt to the changes brought about by the different developments in their culture.

    “Oo, tinuturuan naman ang mga bata na huwag nilang kalimutan kung saan sila nagsimula at huwag ikahiya ang kanilang wika dahil lamang natuto silang magbisaya kaya sa amin tinuturuan namin sila,” Litania said. 


    Datu Jaime Epil who belongs to the Matigsalog tribe has been in the village since 2015. 

    According to him, one of the ways to preserve their culture is to play the Kulintang where he asks the grace from God. 

    “Pagkagising ko, nagdadasal ako. Tatlong taon na ako namumuhay dito, sa awa ng Diyos, mabuti naman. Na-aadapt pa rin ang kultura noon hanggang ngayon kasi nakasanayan nila. Halimbawa, pagtugtog ng kulintang, ang mensahe ay paghingi sa ating Panginoon,” Datu Jaime said.

    Datu Jaime also asked the people to join them in praying that the future generation may continue to value their culture despite the developments happening in the world.

    “Kailangan ng pagpapatulong sa pagdadasal na hindi mawala ang kanilang kultura na mula noon hanggang ngayon hanggang sa pagdating ng panahon hindi mawala ang kultura sa kanila,” he said.

    The “Duyog Ta, Bai” group is composed of delegates from the different dioceses and archdioceses in the Philippines namely: Caloocan, Pasig, Novaliches, Malolos, Bacolod, Digos, Boac, Tagum, Sorsogon, Bangued, Jaro, and Manila.

    Photo by Albert Gerez/Diocese of Pasig

    The 4th National Catholic Media Convention was organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Social Communications (CBCP-ECSC) and was hosted by the Archdiocese of Davao. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Homily of delivered by Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani, Jr. for the launching of Catholic Women’s League’s Centennial Year in 2019 on August 4, 2018 at the Manila Cathedral.


    Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat!

    Alam n’yo po medyo na dismaya ako nung binabasa ko yung gospel for today. Naghahanda tayo ng 100 years ng Catholic Women’s League and yet, are two women who are in league with each other, certainly they are not Catholic Women, hindi Catholis Women’s League, ang napagkasunduan nila, napagkutyabahan nila ay hilingin na si Juan Bautista ay patayin dahil merong sinabi na hindi nakatuwa ni Herodias at sa kanyang kasama na si Herodes Antipas. Pero on the other hand, nang mabasa koi to medyo natuwa ako sapagkat, women in league with each other can accomplish many things that are either good or bad.  In this case they accomplished something bad, but in the case of the Catholic Women’s League, you are in league with each other for something very beautiful, so that you want to become indeed disciples of the Lord and missionary servant disciples practicing charity, work and loyalty. That is a league that is very, very helpful. Iniisip ko tinanong ko kanina ilan na ba ang mga Catholic Women’s League, sabi sa akin 250,000, at mula sa Batanes hanggang Jolo sabi nga po ni Cardinal Rosales, “ubiquitous”, makikita sa lahat ng dako, kahit saan ka magpunta, merong naka asul at puti na Catholic Women’s League, can you imagine that, 250,000 women in league with each other to do good, to follow the Lord and to bring the good news to others by your service in love, work and loyalty, how wonderful! Kaya tignan naman ninyo, kayo po sa totoo lang ang laki ng magagawa ninyo para sa ating lipunan, at ginagawa na ninyo pero marami pa rin kayong magagawa. Isipin po ninyo, pano ninyo maiimpluwensyahan ang inyong mga asawa, ang inyong mga anak, ang inyong mga apo, para sa gayun, sila ay matulad din sa inyo na naglilingkod sa Panginoon at naghahatid ng magandang balit. Yan po ay magagawa ninyo at kung si Herodias malakas kay Herodes sigurado ko, kayo rin malakas din sa mga mister ninyo, sa mga anak ninyo, sa mga apo ninyo. Yung mga mister ninyo paghindi sumunod sa inyo, itsapwera ninyo sa kulambo e siguradong babait yan kung inyong tutulungan na magbait. That is one area how you can help you husband, your sons, your grandchildren, become people who will also serve the Lord in the society that we live in  and which is unfortunately is not the society that we all desire to have in our lifetime. Kaya po isa yan.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Ang ikalawa ay yung, ngayon, nagdiriwang tayo ng Fiesta ni St. John Mary Vianney, harinawa po ay ipanalangin ninyo at tulungan ninyo na dumami ang nagpapari. Napakalaki ng magagawa ninyo sa pagdami ng mga kaparian at mga people in consecrated life, maybe you can do that during this year as we prepare for the centennial it so happen that it is also the year of the clergy and of people in consecrated life. Maybe you can have special projects in order to help people become good priests, to help other people consecrated to the Lord and live their consecration in the mission that they do for the church and for our society. Pagka ganito po, maganda ang league ng mga kababaihan, Catholic Women’s League na talaga. Kaya we ask the blessing of the Lord for you as you prepare for your 100 year and may you continue in your march and in your pilgrimage to become faithful and servant disciples of the Lord, bringing the mission of Christs to our fellowmen and to our society, Amen.

     

  • Pondo ng Pinoy marks 14th year anniversary

     

    Pondo ng Pinoy, a poverty alleviation program initiated by Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop-Emeritus of Manila will celebrate its 14th year anniversary on August 12, 2018.

    The celebration will begin with a motorcade going to Manila Cathedral. The thirteen vicariates in the Archdiocese of Manila are expected to participate in the motorcade.

    At 11 a.m., a Thanksgiving Mass will be held at the Manila Cathedral to be presided by His Eminence Luis Antonio.G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.


    On its fourteenth year, Pondo ng Pinoy continues to aspire to reach more people and create greater awareness of its existence especially in the parish communities.

    In his letter addressed to parish priests in the Archdiocese of Manila, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of the Team Ministry of Pondo ng Pinoy asked the priests and its parishioners for full support and cooperation in the said activity. 

    "Your participation with your fellow parish priests/priests in the vicariates and communities in the parish and urban areas, religious congregations and schools (administrators, faculties, staff amd students) in evangelization and social development programs of Pondo ng Pinoy will be highly appreciated," Pabillo said.

    The prelate also asked the parish priests to incorporate Pondo ng Pinoy in their homilies in August.

    Pondo ng Pinoy was launched in 2004 by then Archbishop of Manila, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales during the Manila Archdiocesan General Pastoral Assembly (MAGPAS).

    With its motto, "Anumang maliit basta't malimit ay patungong langit," Pondo ng Pinoy encourages the faithful to do small acts of kindness and solidarity in the simplest way by saving 25 centavos a day. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

     

  • Catholic Communicators gather for media convention in Davao City


    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Media Directors and Catholic Communicators in the different parts of the Philippines gathered for the 4th National Catholic Media Convention from Aug. 6-9, 2018 at the Mergrande Ocean Beach Resort in Talomo, Davao City.

    Dubbed with the theme: "Ako ni, Bai!" (It is I!), the convention aims to deepen the spirituality of the Catholic media making use of the modern tools and technology in the present world in order to build and create a unified society.

    The convention commenced with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Most Rev. Romulo Valles of Davao and President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) at the San Pedro Cathedral on August 6, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.  He was joined by Bishop George Rimando, Auxiliary Bishop, and Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig and ECSC Chairman. Archbishop Vallles also delivered the keynote address during the second day of the convention.

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Attended by 137 delegates (45 priests, 7 religious sisters, and 85 lay people), the convention featured various speakers who shared their expertise in the field of media and journalism.

    In his homily, Archbishop Valles emphasized that a Catholic Communicator must have a heart that is full of joy and delight and possesses hope and confidence in order to articulate the truth in situations of good and evil. 

    “To be a media person that would convey to the community a message that is filled with joy and delight is so wonderful,” Archbishop Valles said.

    The 4th National Catholic Media Convention was organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Social Communications (CBCP-ECSC) and was hosted by the Archdiocese of Davao.  (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Conference Synthesis by Cardinal Tagle


    Synthesis delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, during the last day of the Fifth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the University of Santo Tomas on July 22, 2018

    Parang there is no need with a synthesis ano? With this family present among us, but I have to fulfill my task, kailangang sumunod ako sa OPNE (Office of the Promotion of New Evangelization) Office. Sabi nila, “Kardinal, magbigay ka ng synthesis.” “Opo.” (Laughter) So this is the fifth edition of PCNE and every year we try to follow a theme that is given to us by the universal church or by the church in the Philippines. Naalaala nyo yung Year of Mercy? This year in the Philippines as part of our preparation for the 500 Anniversary of the arrival of Christianity, the Bishops declared this year to be dedicated to a reflection on the role the ministry of the ordained and of consecrated people. The focus of the year is really servant leadership, but for PCNE, for our purposes, we maintained the theme of our servant leadership but, we went to another biblical passage. Kasi the CBCP focused on the washing of the feet, while that stunts, hindi naman malalampasan yung paghuhugas ng paa, but we look for another image, since the bible specially the gospels are full, are full of this images of servant leadership. And according to our program, ito po, program book, if you look at page 5, we chose Mark 6: 30-44 and it’s a parallel in John 6: 1-14. Kaya po ang napili nating theme was, “Moved with Compassion… Feed the Multitude.” And for the synthesis, kasi baka abutin tayo ng five days dito kung uulitin ko lahat, e mahirap na ho yon, hindi na synthesis yon…

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    I was trying to find the way to bring together the different themes and topics, and I thought, why not go back to the biblical text, Mark 6: 30-44 and John 6: 1-14. But I would like to point on one detail, yung Mark 6: 30-44, was preceded by the sending of the Apostles. They were sent by Jesus, two by two, and they were told to proclaim the good news, they were given authority to expel demons, to cure the sick, but they should not bring money, they should not bring an extra tunic, ano ho? Wala. Kasi tayo po minsan, nadala na lahat. Ang nakalimutan ‘yung gospel. When Jesus sent someone, you are sent to bring the good news. The Evangelion. And to evangelize, evangelization means bringing good news. E tayong mga Pilipino kapag magpi-picnic dala na lahat. Biscuit, tubig, fried chicken, kanin, balut, tabo… lahat. Dala-dala ba ang ang ebanghelyo? That’s why Jesus is reminding them, “Please, don’t allow yourselves to be distracted. Bring what is necessary.” And you should be vulnerable because the gospel that you are proclaiming is the kingship of God. So show by your vulnerability that you are first to believe that God cares… that you can depend on God. So it’s not just the message but also the lifestyle. And if Icnnot talk anymore about the message as in some parts of the world, your lifestyle, your person will be the good news that God reigns. Doon nagsimula e. They were sent and then they came back to Jesus. Jesus summoned them. Gano’n lang naman e, Jesus sends and we come back to Jesus. You come back to the one who sends you. Kaya delikado ‘yung hindi pinapadala. Kanino ka babalik? If you are not sent, to whom will you go back? Hay, kapatid nating mga pari, mga religious, minsan hindi naman tayo pinadadala e. Tayo ang namimili kung saan pupunta, kaya walang mabalikan. You will return only to the one that has sent you. Peace… (laughter) Now, this passage in St. Mark was the return of the apostles to the one who had sent them, Jesus. And they told Him what had happened on their mission and what they had thought. They presented to Jesus the content of their teaching and also the activities and results. Their Jesus saw calm and rest. Look at the compassionate Jesus – calm and rest awhile. But the people got to that faraway place before the disciples in the end their only rest was in the boat going to the place. Jesus saw them like a sheep without a shepherd, and He was moved with compassion. And then you know the rest of the story. Jesus asking them, well, give them something to eat. It is quiet similar in the version of St. John. Except that in St. John, it was Jesus’ mission, not the mission of the twelve. He was the one who engage in the mission. Siya ‘yung nagturo, siya ‘yung nangral., siya ‘yung naggawa ng milagro, pero walang naniwala sa kanya. Kaya hindi lang ‘yung mga apostoles ‘yung pagod. Si Jesus mismo pagod na pagod. And then, people followed at gano’n na naman ang nangyari. Jesus was moved with compassion and asked the disciples about feeding the multitude. Naaalaala niyo na ‘yung gospel passages. Do I need to read pa the whole text? Naalaala niyo na naman e. Ayan, o. Kayo diyan, naaalaala ninyo?

    Now linking it to what has happened these past few days, I would like to highlight a few things. The first point for our synthesis: Jesus saw the needs of His disciples and they saw the needs of the crowds. Sa mga heart to heart talk, doon sa listening heart, doon sa ating mga sharing, doon po sa ating mga workshops, we were brought, our eyes were opened, our hearts were opened to the many needs of our world today. The needs of the people in Marawi , the needs of the families in Payastas, the needs of the youth, the needs of the parishes, the needs of the drug dependents. Our talks, our sharing, our storytelling, our workshops were a way of making us see… making us see the needs – the way Jesus saw the needs of his disciples and the disciples saw the needs of the world. Pero ito, after seeing the needs, the calling to respond. And Jesus challenged the disciples, in both cases in Mark and John, He challenged them, “Why don’t you give them something to eat?” In St. John, he asked Philip, “Where can we buy food for this crowd?” Hay nako Hesus! He was asking the humanly impossible. And he knew it, ha! Itong si Jesus talaga? Alam naman niya e… Alam naman niya… He knew, and that’s why the objection of the disciples was logical. It came from the some sort of unbelief na… Haaayy Hesus, hello? Talaga bang iyan ang sinasabi mo? Pakainin namin? Kung ako sasabihan ngayon, “bigyan mo ng hapunan lahat ng um-attend ng PCNE.” (Applause… laughter) Sasabihin ko, “Jesus pauwiin na hangga’t maaga. Pauwiin! Let them go home before sundown.” I understand. I won’t judge. Kaya ‘yung iba sa inyo na very harsh on the twelve, please! Ilagay niyo ‘yung sarili ninyo sa kanila. Kasi minsan tayo kung mag-ano, the twelve callus of heart! Mga gan’yan. No! How do you feed five thousand? And then Jesus of course knew that you needed two hundred days wages to buy food. He knew that they had nothing. And that was part of evangelization. Two days wages worth of food would not even be enough. That was their conclusion. But then Jesus asked, “How many loaves do you have?” And then in St. John’s gospel Andrew said, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves.” So there are five loaves, two fish, at tama ‘yung tanong nila, what good will that bring?

    Now how is this part of the new evangelization? I think Jesus exposes the disciples to the needs and challenges them to respond to the needs knowing that they cannot do it. He wants them to feel and experience the helplessness of being able to provide what is needed. Even with the impulse, the desire, to respond, you feel helpless. “How? How could I?” Yes, goodwill is there. But humanly speaking, I have to admit the impossibility of being able to satisfy the needs of others. And this sense of helplessness is punctuated by an attitude that is calculating and practical. Biruin mo ‘yung mga apostoles nakapag-calculate na agad. Dalawang daang araw na suweldo. E ilang buwan iyon ha? Ilang buwan na suweldo ‘yon? Kapag nag-calculate ka imposible talaga. Imposible. Kulang talaga, ‘no? Two hundred days. Ilang days ba sa isang buwan? Thirty. So, ilang buwan ‘yon? Almost seven months, ‘no? Seven months na suweldo para ipakain dito sa mga tao. So and then you start calculating. You start accounting and, naku talaga… imposible. What happens to some people before the helplessness of the situation? Some are paralyzed. They don’t feel compassion anymore. “Wala rin naman akong magagawa, ‘wag na lang.” So try to distract yourself from being compassionate. Don’t allow yourself to be affected, “anyway wala naman akong magagawa.” ‘Yung iba naman nagiging messianic. “Kaya natin ‘yan! Kaya ko ‘yan!” So it is not anymore compassion, it is messianism. ‘Yung iba, nawalan ng compassion, hindi na kikilos. ‘Yung iba, nawalan ng compassion, ‘yumabang. Kung hindi kaya ni Hesus, “Kaya ko. Bigay niyo sa akin ‘yan, aayos ‘yan. Kaya ko ‘yan.” That’s not compassion. And people who are needy are doubly victimized by false messiahs who lack compassion and whose only dream is to promote themselves and their agenda. And the needy are used for their personal projects. Kaya tama si Hesus e.

    I think part of our PCNE 5 as a marvel the work of the Holy Spirit; as we marvel all our sharing I hope we also feel with humility the human helplessness. The helplessness needed to be compassionate. When we experience being helpless, we can approach the needy and the helpless not from a position of superiority but of real compassion. Very often, we come to the needy from a posture of superiority. Kaya minsan pinadarama sa atin ng Diyos ‘yung sarili din nating kahinaan at helplessness para tunay ang compassion. That’s why this PCNE 5 was given with a gift of tears. Ito ‘yung PCNE na parang ang dami kong naiiyak kaysa sa nainom. Parang nade-dehydrate na ako e. Pero it was not tears of pity. I was almost always crying for myself, for my own incapacity to be a problem solver. And maybe we need to cry more. Cry, face with our own helplessness then we understand the tears of those who suffer. And we come to them as brothers and sisters, not providing solutions, easy solutions, because their situations are not really problems but dilemmas. For problems, there are solutions but dilemmas you don’t have a solution. For problems you propose solutions. To dilemmas you tell stories. Stories of people who have been I that situation. You have good smile like CJ. Could sing like their families. It is not a solution, it is life stronger than pain.

    Pwedeng malaman kung sino dito ang may asawa? Ayan. (Some audiences raise their hands) Ano ang tingin niyo sa asawa niyo? Problem o dilemma? (Laughter) O sa mga religious dito? Anong tingin ninyo sa iyong mga provincial? Problem or dilemma? A dilemma is a problem that does not disappear and so there is no solution. Mga pari anong tingin ninyo sa inyong mga obispo? (Laughter) But, siguro ano ho, kasi tayo ewan ko ba, especially to our brother priests and to our brothers and sisters in consecrated life, I don’t know why our mode of approaching needy people is problem solving. Sometimes, people only want to talk with us and we propose so many solutions. I don’t know why we have that idea of ourselves, concept of ourselves – problem solving. And we do not want to admit that we are as helpless as the people who come to us. Sometimes gusto lang naman nila na may makinig. Sometimes, ang gusto lang naman nila mayroong kaiyakan. I think Jesus really ask the impossible from the disciples to make them feel helpless. Helpless, for people who are always successful might lose compassion.

    I was telling Bro. Andrei as when I was a doctoral student in the States when I was finishing my thesis. I thought I better do volunteer work kasi baka my studies would… parang take me out of yung situations of peoples… mga speculative theology… and then I won’t have anymore ‘yung contact and compassion. So I volunteered in a hostel administered by the missionaries of charity of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. And then in that hostel they welcome homeless people… ‘yung mga may sakit with no families to take care of them, and also HIV/AIDS patients who were dying. Kaya kanina when the Holy Spirit sister, nandito pa ba siya? Sister when you were telling your story, yeah, I knew. Ilang beses din akong napagalitan ng mga madre for things I did wrong. It was a year that would be, parang, unforgettable for me. And I remember the first person that I was asked to take care of. He was close to death, and he was much taller than I was. Hindi na siya maka-move so I had to do everything for him. And that day he had Diarrhea. Kaya the whole day wala na akong ginawa kung hindi to clean him, change his diaper… tatlong araw akong hindi makakain. And I was tempted to call the mother superior to tell her that, “I’m busy with my writing. May I’d be excused?” But then there was a change. It was not just work. They are not just patients. They became persons. Not just individuals, but persons. And I felt becoming a person too related to them. One day, one of them was really close to death. And according to the sisters, “Prepare them to meet the Lord.” So I gave the person who has probably his last sponge bath, I change the pillowcase, change the linen, and I prepared a small vase of flowers beside his bed, and there was a set of prayers that I said aloud. In between the prayers I would read from the Bible, and I would give him reflections coming from my theological training. Scatology, the last things, death, Hell, Heaven, Purgatory, all of those… but the longer I talk the more ridiculous I sounded to myself. And I told to myself, “Chito, tumahimik ka na ha.” Parang I was not making sense even to myself. Why? I thought I was doing it out of compassion but I was coming from a position of strength. And God sent someone. God sent another HIV/AIDS patient who came into the room into a walker and stood at the feet of the bed of Richard – the name of the dying person. This man said, “Richard, you will meet Jesus soon. Tell Jesus how much we love Him. And we love you too, Richard. Goodbye.” Then he left the room. I cried and cried for myself. I said, “where is my compassion?” But that patient, not pretending to be any stronger than Richard, maybe struggling from his own coming death, gave the most beautiful message. Before mourning for Richard, I mourned for myself. And I want to believe it was a preparation for mission – to feel one’s own helplessness so that we could really be one with helpless.

    The second point po for the synthesis so we see the needs, we see the magnitude of the problems; we see the magnitude of the dilemmas; we see the magnitude of the neediness, ‘no po? But we also see the scarcity of materials, of resources – five loaves, two fish, scarcity of our human resources. Some of the dioceses, some of the religious orders sasabihin kulang na kami. The average age sa community 89. Don’t laugh ah! I was able to visit a community in Northern Italy. The youngest member was 89 years old. And so during their last chapter they decided they will not accept candidates anymore. They would allow their congregation to, ano na, to die a happy death. When I visited them there were only three living members of the congregation. Sabi nila, “God raised us as a community to respond to particular need or a particular tyime, maybe God will raise up other communities. It doesn’t have to be us.” Napaka ano ho, napaka free. Now we can see that the magnitude of needs, and the scarcity of materials and then we are helpless. According to the two biblical texts, that’s where Jesus enters. Jesus tells them, “tell the people to sit down in groups.” Jesus would not accept it, “ano lang e wala na tayong pera e. O limang tinapay lang e.” No, Jesus says, “let us prepare a party! Let us prepare a banquet. Group them! Group them into fifty’s, hundreds,” and so it was a preparation for a banquet. He will host the banquet. It is not the disciples, it is Jesus who will host the banquet. He took the loaves and fish, He looked up to heaven. He said the blessing. He broke the loaves and gave to the disciples to be distributed to the people. Jesus transforms a potential moment of hunger into a feast. And Jesus takes hold of meager resources and gives them back as shared gifts and in the end and everyone was satisfied and there was an abundance of leftovers. They can stay for another day. Pwede pang may kainin for breakfast. But it is Jesus who must host it. Si Hesus ang dapat maghanda.

    Alam n’yo kinuha ni Hesus sa kan’yang mga kamay ang kakaunting tinapay at isda. Mahalaga ang kamay na pinagdadaanan ng tinapay at isda. Depende yan sa kamay e. Huh! Kapag baliktarin natin, five thousand loaves and two thousand fish, kapag dumaan sa maling kamay, kahit limang tao hindi makakakain. (Applause) No miracle will happen. Nasa kamay kasi ni Hesus e, hindi naman tayo laging sinasabing, “Kulang! Kulang!” Baka hindi naman kulang, kaya nagkukulang ay dahil ang mga kamay na makati, mga kamay na makamkam, mga kamay na pakabig. But the hands of Jesus will hold the bread and the fish and will look up to heaven, recognizing the source. These are gifts, gifts from God, they are not commodities to be kept accumulated and hoarded. These are gifts from God and they must continue circulating as gifts.

    Ayan na naman ang mundo natin ngayon, hindi na gifts ang tingin e, objects, commodity. O mga mister at misis, anong tingin nyo sa asawa nyo? Gift? walang sumagot… (Laughter) Gift pa ba? Gift pa? Ayan… mga sisters, anong tingin nyo sa community members n’yo? Gift? Ay parang ayaw… (Laughter) Gift ano? Pagnakikita n’yo ba e, “Wow! Biyaya ng Diyos!” ano ho? Ganyan… How do we look at reality? Is it from the horizon of gifts? The hands of Jesus always recognize gifts, so Jesus is at the center, Jesus is the good news, Jesus is the host, Jesus transforms gifts into overflowing gifts. Jesus orders the disciples to feed the multitude, but actually He will feed the multitude. Ang trabaho po ng iba ay serbidor. Wag nating agawan si Hesus sa Kan’yang papel, S’ya ang magpapakain, tayo servers lang. E minsan binabaliktad natin e. Tayo ang nagpapakain, si Hesus ang server. Kaya balik dun sa papel ha, kahit pa Monsignor ka, Your Eminence ka, taga-bigay ka lang ng tinapay baby!! (Laughter) Tana na yang mga kung ano-anong akala mo kung ano. Ang even sa mga ano, sasabihin, “Oh that project, kung hindi dahil sa akin, wala yan.” “That hall, kung wala ang aking pamilya, hindi maitatayo yang hall na yan.” “Yang mga upuan nay an, dapat nand’yan ang mga pangalan ng mga ano,” as though everything all the food came from me. No! withouth Jesus the good news, whose hands can transform meager resources into God’s abundant gifts to the multitude, we have nothing to serve. We are just servants, servants! Taga-dala ng tray! Pero hindi tayo ang pinagmulan ng tinapay! Bakit ba ako nagagalit? (Laughter) E kasi puro servant leadership, servant leadership… Pero naku! All the pretentions, that we are the host, we are the ano, hindi. It is Jesus, what do we bring? We bring our nothingness. Maswerte sila merong five loaves, yung iba sa atin one fourth long ang loaf natin e. Okay nay un. If it comes from God then it is a gift that could be multiplied for others, “yung iba dalawa ang fish, ako buntot lang ang dala ko.” But bring it, bring it the the hands of Jesus, and then wait. Wait to serve the people, not with your bread, not with your fish, but the bread and fish that now have become gifts from the loving Jesus. No feeding happens if we pretend to be the one feeding others. Jesus is the good news, Jesus must do it. Kanina ininterview ako, “papano po ba nagsimula itong PCNE?” Mga ganyan, ganyan, hindi ko nga malaman paano ko sasagutin e. Kasi talagang wala ka naman talagang ano e, naibigay. I want to believe it is Jesus who is the gospel, who summons all of us here, who wants to renew us in compassion so He can continue serving and feeding His flock. But He needs our hands, He needs us to go and bring His food to others.

    Yung testimonies from Marawi, yung Sanlakbay, yung HIV nga po, those who have lost their loved ones, yung mga migrants… How many of you were there in Cuneta? Alam n’yo ho, wala namang script yun e, I did not know what to expect, basta meron lang questions, “Tell your stories.” But in the hands of Jesus, nagdugtong-dugtong. Yung si Sam at si Father Chito, si Teacher Sabs, at saka si Antoinette, na hindi ko mapigilan. And then si Bishop Cornelius at si Sr. Luz, ano ho? And then you could see, sabi ng iba, “Okay ho ang pagka-facilitate n’yo.” And then at the back of my mind, “They brought their five loaves and their fishes into the hands of God and God multiplied it, multiplied the graces and the blessings.” And were not our hearts overflowing, with love, and compassion. Were not our tears overflowing also? Halos kantahin ko noon, gusto ko na sanang baguhin yung kanta e, hindi na yung huwag kang umiyak e, gusto ko sanang kantahin yung ano doon e, yung … (Laughter) Ah hindi, nakalimutan ko lang yung linya… (Laughter) yun bang parang, “They ask me how I knew that true love was true, when your hearts on fire, you don’t realize, smoke gets in your eyes” ayan! Kapag nag-aalab ang puso sa pag-ibig, ang puso nasa mata, iiyak ka na! But those six persons, six loves, six fishes, have fed thousands, they have fed thousands of us in Cuneta. So salamat ulit dun sa anim, Bishop Sim, thank you very much and thanks to the hands of Jesus.

    And finally, the compassion of Jesus, Jesus sees the hunger of peoples. But Jesus sees different types of hunger. In the gospel, before feeding them with bread, Jesus fed them with the word of God. He thought them many things. The bread that is the gospel, the bread that is the evangelion, the bread that nourishes and transforms life. Yes, bread and fish, but Jesus has not forgotten the word of God. He also gave them healing, the hunger for healing, He delivered many from demons and evil spirits. During these past days, we have been initiated into the different needs of peoples, different hungers and we bring our respective breads and fish, our gifts, our charisms, the clergy, the consecrated people, the lay, the youth, the parents, the police, those in social advocacies, teachers, catechists, bring your bread, because there are many different types of hunger, and no single individual can pretend to have all the types of bread for all the hungers of the world. Kailangan tulong-tulong. From where I stand, yung iba sa in’yo mukhang, ensaymada (Laughter) yung iba sa in’yo mukhang biscocho, yung iba sa in’yo mukhang siopao, (Laughter) yung iba sa in’yo mukhang balikutsa, alam n’yo ba yung balikutsa? Yung iba sa in’yo mukhang jacobina, ano ho? Ay ganun e, masarap yun! Yung iba sa in’yo, mukhang mumo, pero yung mumo na yon, ay nakapagpapakain ng mga nangangailangan. So it is Jesus who will feed, because it is Jesus who is compassionate, because, Jesus’ heart can resonate with the many needs of people. Kaya tulungan natin si Hesus doon sa iba’t-ibang hungers. Para dun sa naka-attend ng maraming workshops, para dun sa nakarinig ng maraming kwento, ayan pag-uwi ninyo, wag na tayong mag messiah na, “sasagutin ko lahat yan!” Nako, yan ang formula sa hindi pagsagot. Ako ho kung makakatugon ako sa pakanta-kanta edi sige, hindi naman kasi ako makatula, o di yung mga tutula tumula. Yung ganyan, ano yung maibibigay mo at pagsama-samahin natin. But look at the compassion of Jesus in the Gospel of St. John, after seeing the feast, after seeing the multiplication of the loaves, people said, “Oh there is a prophet in our midst!” and they wanted to carry Him away, to make Him king. What sis Jesus do? He saw that and He withdrew to the mountain alone.

    This is a detail that is often forgotten. I want to imagine Jesus going up to the mountain to be alone with His Father. I want to see Him crying with deep pain, as though telling the Father, “They did not understand me. They did not understand the sign that I performed. I am not here to be a king, they’re not looking for me, they’re not looking for the true Chris, they are looking for somebody else.” And that aloneness, He cries to the Father. In His own need, He turns to the Father. This is an important element of PCNE and new evangelization. Jesus refuses any attempt to instrumentalise God’s word for worldly goals. Kunwari gospel yun pala ambisyon. Kunwari tulong, yun pala media mileage. Kunwari malasakit, yun pala career.

    My dear brothers and sisters, after PCNE let us not pretend to be the new kings and queens. If they attempt to carry us, to become their heroes, heroines, please like Jesus, cry. Cry to the Father and pray that they may finally see the true Jesus and the true gospel.

    Now I have to admit, nahirapan akong gumawa ng synthesis na ito hindi ko alam kung papaano, but I just followed the biblical inspiration of PCNE5 and I hope that these points – seeing the needs and feeling helpless will make us more compassionate. Secondly, it is Jesus who feeds, we are just servers of what He prepares and thirdly, let us not use the gospel, let us not instrumentalise the gospel for self-interests and non-evangelical purposes, when that happens we should withdraw. Cry, so that the true Jesus and the true gospel may be seen and accepted.

  • "Did Pope Francis Change an age old Church teaching?" A theologian's reflection about the Church teaching on Death penalty

     

    Yesterday August 3, 2018 news media both within and outside the Church circles were abuzz with the headline that Pope Francis just “changed” the Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty.

    Particulary, it was on the revision that Pope Francis permitted to be introduced on number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (the 1997 edition promulgated by then Pope and now St. John Paul II and is still in use until the present) where he taught the death penalty is now “…inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and the dignity of the person.”

    For the purpose of clarity and precision, let us see below the original text then followed by the revised edition:

    Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Capital Punishment: Official Translation of the 1997 Latin text:

    2267 Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does nor exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.

    If, however non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.

    Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offence incapable of doing harm - without definitively taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself - the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity ‘are very rare, if not practically non-existent.’

    The Official Text of the Revised Version approved by Pope Francis on May 11, 2018 and published on August 2, 2018:

    2267 Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good.

    Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.

    Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that ‘the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,’ (emphasis added) and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.”

    Did Pope Francis Change Church Teaching?

    If by “change” we mean altering the teaching in a way that it is now totally different, if not even diametrically opposed, to what was being taught before and has been constantly taught throughout the history of Catholic Church teaching, the answer is NO.

    But if by “change” we mean bringing into fullness or putting more emphasis to what has been consistently taught throughout millennia of Catholic Church teaching, then the answer is YES.

    In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the teaching on death penalty can be found in numbers 2266 and 2267.

    In 2267 we can read: “…the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude (emphasis added) recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.”

    This gave the impression that the Catholic Church promotes the capital punishment as a way to address the question on what to do with those who commit heinous crimes and bring harm to society. Add to this the preceding numbers 2263-2265 where “legitimate self defense” is taught to accept the possibility of taking the life of an actual aggressor (i.e., a real threat to one’s life) as morally acceptable.

    But if we read the whole tenor of numbers 2266 and 2267, we can easily see that the Catechism is teaching in the direction of restorative justice, i.e., not taking away the life of the evildoer so as to not take “away from him the possibility of redeeming himself.”

    Number 2267 continues: “ If, however non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, (emphasis added) as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.”

    Furthermore, CCC 2267 sees capital punishment as acceptable “only in rare occasions.” And observing that “ (t)oday, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offence incapable of doing harm - without definitively taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself - the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity ‘are very rare, if not practically non-existent’” (emphasis added).

    By referring to conditions that may allow for capital punishment to be exercised as   “…very rare, if not practically non-existent” 2267 almost practically rules out capital punishment as part of the Catholic Church’s teaching>

    With Pope Francis exhorting in the new version that the capital punishment is “…inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,’ (emphasis added) and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide”,  he did, as chief doctrinal teacher of the Church, “change” the teaching of the Catechism but not in the sense of bringing it to the opposite direction but in the sense of directing it to its fullest expression.


    By Rev. Fr. Joel O. Jason, SThL, parish priest of Mary Mirror of Justice Parish in Comembo Makati City; professor of Moral Theology in San Carlos Seminary and head of the Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila.

  • “Konek-Tahan” responds for a culture of hate


    Heeding the call to respond to the challenges of the times to give hope in a world full of hate and violence, the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila conducted a vicariate visitation called “KONEK-TAHAN”.

    Konek-Tahan is a vicariate assembly aimed at encouraging and equipping the ministers/communicators in the parish to utilize their technical skills, develop creativity, and promote Catholic faith and values un parish and vicariate levels.

    The ACSC is currently organizing and mobilizing parishes to actively participate in the Church’s evangelization through the mechanism of effective communication. 

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    On June 30, 2018, the ACSC conducted its first visitation in the vicariate of Espiritu Santo held at the Manila Cathedral School in Tayuman. The activity commenced with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen, 2nd Assistant Commissioner of ACSC and Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC).

    The second visitation was in the vicariate of Loreto held at the University of Santo Tomas in España, Manila on July 29, 2018.

    As vicariate coordinator of Loreto and parish priest of Santisimo Rosario, Fr. Louie Coronel, OP, expressed his gratitude to the commission for all the information they received during the meeting.

    The Communicators in both vicariates participated actively in all the activities prepared by the commission. An open forum was held to allow them to express the various problems they encountered as well as the coverage of their work in the ministry.

    At the end, Fr. Bellen said that the social communicators in the parishes are called to be “Salt and Light of the Earth,” (Matthew 5:13).  The SOCOM as “Salt” must be enhanced in order to stand out and become the “Light” that will shine and reflect the good works of Christ.

    The Vicariate of Espiritu Santo is composed of the following parishes: Archdiocesan Shrine of Espiritu Santo, Immaculate Conception, Risen Christ, Saint Joseph, San Jose Manggagawa, San Rafael, San Roque de Manila, and Santa Monica while the Vicariate of Loreto is composed of Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, Most Holy Trinity, Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro, Nuestra Señora de Salvacion, Our Lady of Fatima, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sanctuary of Saint Anthony of Padua, San Roque de Sampaloc, and Santisimo Rosario respectively. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Catholic Women’s League Launches its Centennial Year, Jubilate! 100 Years of Grace


    The Catholic Women’s League, the largest Catholic women’s organization will launch its Centennial year in 2019, on August 4, 2018, at the Manila Cathedral with a concelebrated mass to be officiated by His Excellency Bishops Teodoro Bacani, D.D. together with Msgr. Hernando Coronel, National Asst. Spiritual Director and CWL Manila Spiritual Director, Msgr. Roberto Canlas.

    All 84 CWL Dioceses and around 250,000 women across the country will celebrate the occasion simultaneously.



    The launching is timed with the Feast Day of St. John Ma. Vianney, Patron saint of priests; also in honor of the CWL founder, His Excellency Michael O’ Doherty, Archbishop of Manila. Flower arrangement will be offered by the National Officers and Junior CWL on his tomb in the crypt below the Cathedral, following the mass.

    The National Board led by Dr. Rosa Rita Mariano, president has planned a year-long set of activities highlighting its various programs. Hope… H for Holiness, O for Outreach, P for Pastoral Involvement and E for Empowerment focusing on the sanctification of its members, families, and communities in their outreach and pastoral evangelization programs. They have an active advocacy for family and life and a special program for the care of creation (Environment) Laudato Si and Youth. 

    Among the highlights of the celebration are the Book Launching – Jubilate, One Hundred Years of grace CWL’s History Book and a Video Presentation. Planting of 100 trees per Diocese, coupled with a MOA agreement for tree planting in the Marikina Watershed. A Memorial Mass for deceased founders and members in November and a Centennial Assembly and Gala dinner dance in May 2019. 

    The Jubilee Executive Committee is headed by CWL President Dr. Rosa Rita Mariano and Amparo Lim, Executive Director and National Consultants Melissa Macapanpan, Dra. Amelita Dayrit-Go, Joy Gaviola, and Atty. Alice Ganzon and National Board Members.

    The CWL was formed in 1919 by His Excellency Michael O’ Doherty with a group of prominent Catholic civic women among them, Annie Macleod Kingcome, Maria Villamor, Aurora Aragon Quezon and Margarita Ansaldo who saw the need of an organization to take care of the spiritual and moral, at times temporal concerns of young women, students and young professionals area. Their initial apostolate was a dormitory for them in the Ermita – Malate District which still exists and where the National Office stands. Their apostolic work then included Catechetical work especially with public school children, free night school, adult education and welfare cases such as broken homes, unemployment and family problems. All through-out the years including World War II they were at work this time also tending wounds and caring for the sick, operating in an emergency hospital set up in Ermita and soup kitchens.

    Other women leaders in the organization were Ms. Aurora Aquino, Justice Ines Luciano, Aurora Aquino, Justice Ines Luciano, Imelda Katigbak-Dayrit, Remedios Rodrigo, Annie Bagatsing, Atty. Carolina Basa, Susan Africa, and Dr. Zeny Rotea.

    Thus, in war and peace, the CWL has made significant contributions to the country and continues to move forward. (CWL)

     

  • Bishop Pabillo on Federalism and Charter Change: July Gandang Gabi Vicariate Formation Night


    Bishop Broderick Pabillo, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila held a talk Friday night, July 27, 2018, at the Immaculate Conception Parish Church, Tayuman, Tondo, Manila, during the monthly Gandang Gabi Vicariate Formation Night, of the Vicariate of Espiritu Santo.

    Tackling “Federalism and Charter Change,” Bishop Pabillo meticulously and in full detail laid bare the dangerous provisions and repercussions of the proposed charter change and the transitioning to the federal form of government. 

    His talk, which lasted for almost two hours, was taken from various statements of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and similar presentations from lawyers Neri Javier Colmenares, of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) and Christian Monsod, a constitutionalist. With solid arguments and statistics, Bishop Pabillo laid the groundwork for a more inquisitive and socially aware Catholic community urging everyone to participate in the discussion, explore the issue, and proclaim their faith.

    Photo by Jolo V. de Jesus

    Good Christians, Good Citizens

    “We cannot be good Christians, without being good citizens,” opened Bishop Pabillo, as if to answer the silent question in the audience: “Why should we care about the politics in our country?” Expounding on this premise, he then goes on to explain how one becomes a good citizen. According to Bishop Pabillo, “a good citizen now is one who is involved,” especially so because our form of government is participative-democratic. 

    “Ang mabuting mamamayan ay dapat isang taong nakiki-alam, nakikisangkot, nakikiisa sa ating pamahalaan,” said Pabillo. Not to be involved in putting a stop to injustice and untruth, we are sinning by omission, and in essence, participants in the propagation of said injustice and untruth. The time for asking whether or not we as Christians should be involved has long gone. The question that remains is how should we be involved. He provided a method consisting of three parts through which Christians can get involved.

    First, we should see, that is we should know and analyze the facts. In today’s age of fake news, we should have the discernment to separate false from reality, and from the verified truths identify the appropriate action. By observing our environment, we stay deeply rooted in our present realities. 

    Next, we should judge said reality not through the lens of a businessman, politician, security officer or any other lens, but through the lens of a faithful. Our standard should not be the principles of the world but of our faith. In this aspect, the Holy Mother Church, with its teachings should serve as our guide.

    And lastly, seeing and judging are not enough, as said earlier, it is the time to act. Action, according to Bishop Pabillo, is rooted on a decision. Given all what you have seen, and through your judgment, what have you decided to do? He also emphasized the Church’s need to network with others, as acting for the society is a societal act.

    CBCP as a Guiding Voice

    According to Bishop Pabillo, the CBCP, sensing the push for charter change, published a pastoral letter entitled: “CBCP Pastoral Guidelines for Discerning the Moral Dimension of the Present-Day Moves for Charter Change: ‘Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.’ (2 Cor. 3:17),” published January this year. Signed by CBCP President, Romulo G. Valles, Archbishop of Davao, the bishop reiterates their view, which they hold up to now, that “The move for Charter Change is and has been, the proposed vehicle to adopt Federalism as a new form of government.”

    The letter is the fifth in a series of pastoral guidelines released by the CBCP tackling charter change, dating back to previous administrations as far back as Fidel V. Ramos, in his attempt for charter change he termed as CONCORD. 

    The CBCP emphasized the careful crafting of the constitution as the “fundamental law of the land” has been the fruit of years of dictatorship and widespread participation from the people. According to Bishop Pabillo, similar to the partage experienced in Africa, our experience as a nation, undergoing twenty-one years of dictatorship has shaped our constitution into the progressive law it is known the world over today. As such, revising it “requires widespread peoples’ participation and consultation, a unity of vision, transparency, and relative serenity that allows for rational discussion and debate”—factors the bishops believe the current political and social environment does not have.

    Why Are We Suspicious?

    Given these guiding words from the bishops, Bishop Pabillo further demonstrates why Christians should be suspicious of the present push for Charter Change. Bishop Pabillo enumerates several reasons why a healthy questioning of the motives for Charter Change is warranted.

    Because of the new constitution, the president is granted new and formidable powers, which begs the question: Is Charter Change being pushed solely for the self-serving provisions that can be included in it? As Bishop Pabillo takes apart, one by one, all the changes made to the 1987 Constitution by lawmakers, it slowly becomes more and more evident safeguards to human rights, and social justice present in the current constitution are being removed or changed to fit their nefarious intention. From fisher-folks not being able to fish peacefully in their piece of sea or lake, to indigenous people being deprived of their ancestral lands, the proposed iteration of the constitution are stories too harrowing, if not too sad, to tell.

    With the people’s ignorance of our current constitution, it is a small wonder why the prospect of federalism and charter change seems enticing. As Bishop Pabillo states during the talk, the Filipino people have no idea of the beauty and importance of the provisions in the Constitution, and yet these are all being taken away right from under their noses.

    Federalism as a Façade

    As the night wore on, so was the façade that was federalism was being torn down by Bishop Pabillo. With statistics showing that the Duterte Administration’s promise of devolving power and resources from the “Imperial Manila” to the Visayas and Mindanao is proven false as the Philippine Association for Government Budget Administration, Inc. (PAGBA) reports show increased budget allocation for NCR during the Duterte Administration compared with the Aquino administration.

    Bishop Pabillo challenges everyone to take action! Echoing his opening salvo, he invites everyone not to cower and succumb in fear against the culture of violence that is the Duterte legacy. (Jose Lorenzo V. de Jesus /  Social Communications Minister, Immaculate Conception Parish)

  • PCNE 5 Opening Mass


    Homily delivered by Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of the Diocese of Cubao during the Eucharistic Celebration of the 1st day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion University of Santo Tomas on July 18, 2018.


    His Eminence “Cardinal” Chito, my brother bishops, my brother priests, reverend sisters, our dear consecrated persons, brothers and sisters in Christ.

    We gathered on this sacred days of prayer not only because we are participating in the PCNE but because of the days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving initiated by the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP); while the organizers of the PCNE may not have foreseen this wonderful coincidence. I truly believed that the Lord had willed it so. What better opportunity for us to reflect on the priesthood than on a day of prayer and fasting. The Lord Jesus gave thanks to the Father for revealing to the childlike what he has kept hidden to the wise and the learned in us much as fasting is a spiritual discipline that empties us of ourselves, we become less of ourselves and so become smaller and therefore more capable of understanding the secrets of the Lord. 

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Often times we think that having degrees in Philosophy and Theology make for knowing the Lord. But the Lord Jesus said that “no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him.” To whom does the Son wish to reveal the Father? Is it not to those to whom the Father prefers to reveal the secrets of the kingdom? These are not the wise nor the learned but those who are like little children. It is with the humble disposition that we should approach the mystery of the priesthood Jesus. After all, the priest of the Lord cannot be understood apart from the kenosis or the self-emptying of Christ.  

    When Jesus showed his love for his own, he took-off the outer garments and tied a towel around His waist in order to wash His disciples’ feet. St. Paul sings of this mystery, “though He was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God but rather He emptied Himself and took the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” He took off His outer garments, He emptied Himself, He tied a towel around His waist, He took the form of a slave, He began to wash His disciples’ feet. He purified us by shedding His blood on the cross. He obediently accepted death, death on a cross. 

    Is this not what Christ’s priesthood is all about?  Is it not about His obedience unto death? Christ the high-priest entered heavenly holy of holies not with the blood of animals but with His own blood. His sacrifice was His obedience unto death, His absolute and unconditional obedience to the Father.  His obedience unto death was the most perfect sacrifice that glorified the Father. This Jesus is the son of the Father, the obedient child of the Father through whom the Father was pleased to reveal everything. In Jesus, the Father was well pleased. And to me, this is the real essence of the priesthood. A priest is the one who offers the sacrifice. In our time a priest is the jack of all trades, expert in multi-tasking, he is expected to be an expert in almost everything. However, we must never forget why the priest is called a “priest”. The priest is essentially the one who offers the sacrifice which in any religion is the most perfect act of worship. Jesus is the high priest of all priests because it is He who rendered to the Father the most perfect homage of all time, His obedience unto death; death on the cross. His self-emptying did not end with the incarnation, His humility even when further down. Downed to the humiliation of the cross and even when further downed to the abyss of death, He simply did not stop descending until He reached rock bottom of the abyss, He showed His love unto the end. And we who wished to share in His priesthood must imitate Jesus in His childlikeness. We must go down on that road of kenosis with absolute trust in the Father’s love, we must not hesitate to go down the path of childlike obedience. 

    On the day we were ordained, the bishop handed to us the gifts for sacrifice he said, “Receive the oblation of the holy people to be offered to God.” Understand what you do, imitate what you celebrate and conform your life to the mystery of the Lord’s cross. To share in the priesthood of Christ is to receive the oblation of the holy people to be offered to God. To understand what we do, we must keep in mind the kenosis of Christ. To celebrate in spirit and in truth, we must imitate this self-emptying of the Lord by constantly descending along the path of humility and renunciation, by constantly seeking the last place, by constantly seeking the company of the least and of lost, and by refusing to regard the priesthood as a career. Most of all to share in the priesthood of Jesus is to conform our lives to the mystery of the cross of the Lord. There is no other way except the cross. The priests who had gone before us must have taken up their crosses. Our very own fathers Marcelito Paez, Mark Anthony Ventura, and Richmond Nilo have imitated Christ to the point of shedding their blood. 

    The cross is the altar where Christ offered his sacrifice, the altar where we offer ours should be no different after all the sacrifice we offer is Christ. Sacred ordination does not simply confer power on us; it should configure us to Christ, to Christ who emptied himself, to Christ who made himself poor, to Christ who served, to Christ who gave up his life. 

    Let St. Paul’s words be ours, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me.” The life I now live in the body, I live by the faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave himself for me… Amen.

  • Archdiocese of Manila celebrates 50 years of Humanae Vitae




    The Encyclical Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI marked its 50th year of publication on July 25, 2018.

    In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila will feature a one-day conference that will revisit, relearn, and rekindle the real meaning of marriage and family.

    The conference entitled HV@50 Humanae Vitae 50th Year Anniversary will be held at St. Paul’s College in Pasig City on August 11, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Rev. Fr. Joel Jason, Commissioner, Family and Life, invited everyone to come to the event.

    “We invite all of you to revisit the message of this landmark encyclical and together let us discern its relevance to the personal, familial, social, and ecclesial challenges of the present day!, “ Fr. Jason said.

    The activity will commence with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to be presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle at 8:30 a.m. He will also deliver a talk at 10:30 a.m. on “HV and a Consistent Ethic of Life.” At 11:30 a.m., Rev. Fr. Joel Jason will tackle the topic, “HV Revisited.”

    Well-known personalities and experts will expound on the various topics like family, marriage, social, psychological, and relevant issues during the breakout sessions that will start at 1 p.m.

    Humanae Vitae, also called the landmark encyclical give moral guidance on the conduct of the faithful on the value of life starting from contraception. It also stated the prohibition of the use of artificial contraceptives.

    Participants for the conference can choose one topic from the nine breakout session’s batch one and two.

    Here is the list of the breakout sessions with the corresponding speakers:

     

    Batch 1

    1. Winning the battle Against Depression and Suicide - Ms. Ilsa Reyes
    2. Humanae Vitae and Artificial Reproductive Technologies - Fr. Joel Jason
    3. Pastoral Care for Brethren with Same-Sex Attraction - Mr. Ansel Beluso
    4. Thou Shall Not Kill: An In-depth Knowledge About Extra-Judicial killings - Fr. Jaime Achacoso
    5. Marriage and de facto Unions (divorced, remarried, cohabitation) - Ms. Demy and Sylvia Chavez

    Batch 2

    1. Generation Z(est): Engaging Today’s Youth in Rebuilding the Culture of Life - 
    Ms. Lee-an Rosal
    2. Contraception: Why Not? Abortion and Contraceptive mentality - Dr. Angie Acosta
    3. Sexual orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE): It’s Complicated - Mr. Rollie Delos Reyes
    4. Encounter Life-Advancing Humanae Vitae in Catholic Schools  - Fr. Nolan Que

    The Humanae Vitae conference is organized by the Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila in cooperation with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, Family is a Gift, and other Family-oriented groups.

    For inquiries please call brother Edgardo Cabuello at cellphone numbers 09274630987 / 8819803. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • RCAM-HRDD holds training for Social Media Skills Enhancement


    Responding to the call of becoming a good and effective evangelizer in this digital age where social media becomes a way of life, the Human Resource Department of the Archdiocese of Manila conducted a whole day training for Social Media Skills Enhancement on July 12, 2018 at the Arzobispado de Manila, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring/RCAM-AOC


    The activity aimed at equipping the employees with the power and risks of using social media and how they can maximize its use in proclaiming the Word of God.

    Guest speakers during the training were Ms. Josh Alfaro of Radio Veritas and Mr. Patrick Manlapaz of the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN).

    Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen, Vice President for Operations, TV Maria and Radio Veritas and Director of RCAM Office of Communications gave the participants from the different ministries of RCAM, an overview of what Social Media is, including its dangers, advantages, and disadvantages.

    According to Mr. Angelo Dela Cruz, Programs and Training Officer of RCAM-HRDD, the seminar was a result of the needs analysis they conducted last year.

    “Yung Training na yon (Enhancement of Social Media Skills Training) ay nag-surface sa training needs analysis that we conducted last year. Sila mismo ang nag-request ng training. To my surprise, eh puro mga taga ministries yung nag-express ng training need,” Mr. Dela Cruz said.

    The whole-day training was in coordination with the Archdiocese of Manila - Office of Communications. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • THE WHISPER OF COMPASSION

     

    Homily delivered by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Diocese of Caloocan during Mass of the fourth day of the Fifth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE5) at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila on July 21, 2018.

    I know that you all know the passage that we read today from John Chapter 2 as a “miracle story” about the “water turned into wine”. But did you know that there is also a story about the wine that turned into water? No kidding. The story is set in a poor village somewhere in France during the medieval times. Here’s how the story goes: Once there was a man and a woman who fell in love with each and decided to get married. Because they both came from poor peasant families the village elders proposed, at a village meeting, to take care of the wedding banquet for them. The couple however politely declined the offer, insisting that they had saved enough to be able to serve a simple meal for the guests. But in order not to offend the villagers who had made the generous offer, the couple said that the villagers were welcome to contribute the wine for the banquet. And so, the village folks agreed to bring one jar of home-made wine per family. Several huge empty wine barrels were put in the middle of the village hall where the wedding was going to be held and the villagers were instructed to just deliver their jar of wine to the hall and pour it into the barrels themselves, whenever ready. On their way home after the village meeting, one of the villagers whispered to his neighbor, “Just between us: you know, honestly, I wouldn’t waste my good wine on these poor peasants. They don’t even know what it’s worth. If I bring along a jar of water instead of wine and pour it into the barrel, I am sure nobody would even notice that the wine is a little diluted. Haha.” But the neighbor whispered it to the other neighbor, and the other neighbor to the several other neighbors. On the day of the wedding banquet, the mayor stood up to propose a toast to the newly wedded couple. He said, “Long live the bride and the groom!” And as they drank from their cups, their faces blushed with shame because the wine had turned into water! The moral: one little toxic whisper of deceit is all it takes to spoil the joy of a wedding banquet.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Our first reading from Genesis chapter 3 about the sin of Adam and Eve is the passage that was made popular recently by you know who. He gave his own commentary on a text that he found stupid, and which made him declare that God is stupid.

    Let me proceed now to tell you about the wisdom of this text, which is meant to be literary, not literal. We all know serpents do not talk in real life. Oh but figurative serpents do! They are fond of juicy gossips and intrigues that are best said in whispers. I call the serpent’s dialogue line in Genesis 3 the “mother of all gossips”. One little toxic whisper from the serpent was enough to cause the downfall of humankind. If I may paraphrase his “tsismis”, the serpent is supposed to have said something to this effect, “Just between us, don’t believe what God told you that would die if you eat of that delicious fruit. On the contrary, you will be perfect! You will be like God!”

    You see, if looks can kill, whispers can kill too. Nowadays, it takes just a whisper to put a name in a drug watch list. Sometimes it can even go with a kiss, like it did at Gethsemane. It takes just an asset’s whisper to lead the death squads to their targets. They also collect their 30 pieces of silver afterwards. It takes just one neighbor’s whisper to get the whole barangay conditioned into accepting the killings as justified as in the case of Jennifer, “Kumabit daw kasi sa pusher para may maipakain sa dalawang anak”. It takes just a whisper to condition people into believing that the priests who were murdered just got what they deserved—like “who would not die if you’re having an affair with several women?” It takes just a whisper to get Sr. Patricia Fox’s deportation sound like a matter of policy: “She joined anti-government rallies.” It takes just a whisper to justify martial law: “Terrorists are plotting to overthrow the government.”

    But today I have good news for you. If whispers can kill, some of them can also give life. Such as in the story we heard today about the wedding at Cana. Some bible scholars suggest that the Blessed Mother must have been helping out in the kitchen, like most Filipino mothers would do in barrio weddings (before catering became popular). How could Mary have noticed the crisis situation if she had not been involved in the reception? If the serpent’s whisper of deception was poisonous and death-dealing, Mary’s whisper of compassion was life-giving. No wonder we refer to her as the “New Eve”. From her lips came a whisper that was at the same time a prayer “They have run out of wine.” It is followed by yet another whisper, this time to the servants: “Do what he asks of you.” Are we not all familiar with this “running out of wine experience” in our work in the Church? Do we not find our lives and ministries sometimes turning bland and tasteless? Even if there is nothing but water to fill up the empty jars with, as long as we have the bridegroom in our midst, one little whisper can change our humble water into sweet wine so that the guests would declare that you have kept the good wine until now!

    For the past few days now, we have been meditating on the feeding of the multitude. Take note of the battle of whispers in that passage: first, the whisper of practicality from the disciples who say, “Dismiss the crowd.” Jesus counters it with a whisper of compassion: “No, give them something to eat yourselves.” Next the disciples whisper again, “We have nothing but five loaves and two fish here—unless you’re willing to spend up all our funds!” Jesus counters it again with a whisper of gratitude for the five loaves and two fish. I imagine him mumbling, “They’re quite enough. Just have them sit down on the grass in groups.” Have you ever wondered why some priests say the words of consecration i whispers? “Take and eat, this is my body. Take and drink, this is my blood.”

    Dear brothers and sisters, the next time you engage in whispering, stop for a while and ask which template you’re following: the serpent’s toxic whisper? Or Mama Mary’s and Jesus’ life-giving whisper? It’s ok to whisper; just make sure you follow the right template. Believe me, the quickest way to spread the good news is to preface it with, “Atin-atin lang ito, ha?” Like Jesus did. And look, the good news continues to spread throughout the world!

  • THE GOOD SHEPHERD

    Homily delivered by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Diocese of Caloocan during Mass of the second day of the Fifth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE5) at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila on July 19, 2018.

    I’d like to begin by confessing to you that I used to dislike these I AM passages in John’s Gospel. They make Jesus sound so “MAYABANG”. They make him sound like a braggart who indulges in self-adulation. As in: “I AM the LIGHT OF THE WORLD! I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE! I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, I AM THE RESURRECTION, I AM THE VINE and here: I AM THE GOOD GOOD SHEPHERD.” Can you imagine our humble Jesus talking this way?

    Thank God for Bible scholars who remind us of what “I AM” means for the Jewish faith. It is what YAHWEH, their proper name for God, means: “I AM WHO AM”. The historical Jesus most likely did not speak this way. It is John who makes him talk this way—John who is fond of metaphors. John who is fond of double meanings. And it makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Who is the Good Shepherd proclaimed by Psalm 23, who leads Israel like a flock in verdant pastures, who refreshes their souls, the Shepherd whose rod and his staff give them courage even when they walk in the valley of darkness? He is Yahweh, the Great I am. Who is the Good Shepherd who denounces the false Shepherds of Israel in Ezekiel 34, who says, “I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest—the lost I will search out, the strays I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, and the sick I will heal...” It is Yahweh, the Great I AM!

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    When John makes Jesus say, “I am the Good Shepherd,” he is proclaiming to us that in Jesus Christ, we encounter the Great I AM, who is a Good Shepherd. He is unlike the hireling, he says, who runs away from danger because he is just working for pay. He is good, not only because he feeds the lambs, carries them in his bosom and leads the ewes with care. He is Good, because in him we find the Shepherd who allows himself to become the LAMB who is ready to lay down his life for his flock. (John is telling us: only the one who is ready to die like a Lamb can grow into a good Shepherd.)

    Some of you may have read a reflection I posted on FB about a seminarian who asked me in an open forum, “Bishop, what advice can you give to seminarians who are losing heart and feeling discouraged about pursuing the priestly vocation because of the recent victims of killings in our country who were priests?”

    I said, “If a priest is murdered because he defends human rights, like Fr. Tito Paez, or he speaks out for environmental protection like Fr Mark Ventura, or he protects victims of rape and defends the Catholic faith like Fr Richmond Nilo, and his death causes you discouragement instead of inspiration, then I advise you to forget about the priesthood and just leave the seminary as soon as you can.” The priesthood is not for cowards; it is not for the fainthearted. Jesus would probably say, “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden.”

    And please, make no mistake about your vocabulary. Fr Paez, Fr Ventura and Fr Nilo were not “victims”. Victims are those who have no choice about their fate; it was merely imposed on them. No, these priests made a choice; they’ve opted to be “martyrs”, meaning witnesses. They chose this path, the road less traveled by. They responded freely to the invitation to choose the path of Jesus, knowing full well that it could cost their lives. This is what “martyrdom” is about. It is not about dying for a cause; it is about living out one’s faith, no matter if it could mean suffering and death. From the moment they chose the path of Christ, they already chose the path of suffering and death. So how can you call them victims?

    Yesterday, Cardinal Chito Tagle explained to us that the temple priests of the Old Testament offered “victims” on the altar of sacrifice. These were handpicked animals slaughtered, burned and given up as offerings. Not so with the priesthood of Christ, the mediator of the new covenant. We are all called, by baptism, to be signs and instruments of the one priesthood of Christ, in whom the offerer and the offering, the priest and the victim are one. The priests in the image of Christ will not say, “I will offer a lamb for you”. Rather, they will say, “I will be the lamb, I’ll give up my life for you, because I am a friend of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

    Last night, as I was preparing for this homily, I was interrupted by a sad news from one of our parishes. One of the widows of the victims of EJK who are leading the support group for EJK victims in our diocese was killed by masked killers. The texter was telling me that the killers were still around that very moment that she was texting me. They were still looking up close if Jennifer was really dead already. Jennifer was one of the widows who applied for a scholarship for her son Prince JR a few months ago. I remember her clutching in her armpit the death certificate of her husband Ryan, who had also been killed by masked killers a year ago now. At that time she narrated how her husband’s body was mutilated by the killers. They gouged his eyes and cut off his private parts. I remember how I squirmed as she told the story and even whispered to remind her that her daughter was listening. Now her two little children, aged five and seven, are complete orphans...

    The killers were not even rushing. They took their sweet time. They moved to another street, just a few blocks away and killed another one. Jennifer was from Barangay 152. After Jennifer, they moved down to Barangay 146 and killed 36 year old Alvin Teng. I feel so sad that I am unable to protect my flock from wolves. Today, in utter shame and frustration, I declare, “I have not been a good shepherd to my flock. The wolves have been prowling the streets and alleys of Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas. They have killed hundreds already, and I am unable to protect them with my life. I will bow in shame if the Good Shepherd will denounce me as a mere hireling, who remains safe and secure, who can get a good sleep in his warm bed while his sheep are being slaughtered.” I was saying this to myself last night

    But early this morning, I heard the Good Shepherd whispering to me in my prayer: “You are right, Ambo. You are not the the Good Shepherd. I AM. But you are in me, just as I am in you. You are not alone. It’s ok to say YOU ARE NOT THE GOOD SHEPHERD. I only entrusted the flock to you; pls continue to look after them. Do it for no other reason than for love of me. You do not have to substitute for me or to take my place. I only asked you to represent me. Speak to your flock and tell them to grow from lambs to fellow shepherds. Never shepherd my flock alone. Only by uniting yourself with your flock can you grow together into the Church, which is my body, the Body of the Shepherd. Only then can you truly say, I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD.”

    May I invite you then, brothers and sisters, to unite ourselves with Jesus and repeat after me: I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD; I AM WILLING TO LAY DOWN MY LIFE FOR THE FLOCK. I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD; I AM ALSO A LAMB, A FRIEND OF THE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD. AMEN.

  • Message of the Apostolic Nunciature in the Philippines for the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization


    In response to your letter of 13 July, addressed to the Holy Father, I am pleased to convey to you the following message:

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle Archbishop of Manila

    His Holiness Pope Francis was pleased to learn that the Archdiocese of Manila will convene the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization from 18 to 22 July 2018, and he sends Fraternal best wishes to you, your brother Bishops, the Clergy, the men and women religious and the Lay Faithful who will participate in it.



    As you gather to prayerfully reflect on the meaning of the Church as communion and explore the necessity of communion-in-mission. He prays that the participants will be challenged to a missionary discipleship and transformation, setting their vision not only within the Philippine archipelago but also to the vast continent of Asia and even beyond.

    For “It is vitally important for the Church today to go forth and preach the Gospel to all: to all places, on all occasions, without hesitation, reluctance or fear. The Joy of the Gospel is for all people: no one can be excluded “(Evangelii Gaudium, 23).

    May everyone find inspiration in the Lord Jesus who manifested the face of the God of mercy in his command that the disciples feed the multitude (cfr. Mark 6:3044).

    With these sentiments, His Holiness entrusts all of you to the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, and he willingly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and strength in our Lord.

    With assurances of my best wishes, I remain Sincerely yours in Christ, Gabriele Caccia Apostolic Nuncio

     

     

  • REJOICE AND BE GLAD! CBCP PASTORAL EXHORTATION


    “Blessed are the peacemakers, they shall be called sons and daughters of God.” (Mt 5:9)

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, do we not all aspire for the grace to be called “sons and daughters of God?” If we do so, then we must constantly strive to be peacemakers in these troubled times in our country. And that means to always strive to bring love where there is hatred, pardon where there is injury, faith where there is doubt, hope where there’s despair, light where there is darkness, and joy where there is sadness (from the prayer for peace attributed to St. Francis of Assisi).
    Photo by CBCPNEWS


    PEACE: OUR COMMON VOCATION AND MISSION

    Our enemies in this world are not fellow human beings, not “flesh and blood” (Eph 6:12).  We do not fight our battles with guns and bullets.  We do not seek protection from those who might wish to harm us by wearing bullet-proof vests, because the battles that we fight are spiritual.  In these times of darkness, when there’s so much hatred and violence, when murder has become an almost daily occurrence, when people have gotten so used to exchanging insults and hurting words in the social media, we admonish the faithful to remain steadfast in our common vocation and mission to actively work for peace.  

    But make no mistake about it; even the master said, “Not as the world gives peace do I give you peace.” (Jn 14:27). His peace is never the peace of compromise or capitulation to evil; it is also not about the absence of conflict and turmoil.  Was he not rejected by his own townsfolk in Nazareth? (Lk 4:16-30) Was he not called crazy by his own relatives? (Mk 3:20-22). Was he not called a “prince of demons”? (Mk 3:22-30). Was he not called a drunkard and a lover of tax collectors and sinners? (Mt 11:19)

    Did he not show us how to deal with adversities when he slept in the boat, or walked on water even in the midst of a storm? (Mk 4:35-40; Mk 6:45-52) But like the apostles, we are often so easily overcome by fear and panic. Even when we’re already making baby steps on troubled waters like St. Peter, we find ourselves sinking because of our “little faith” (Mt14:31). There is nothing that can calm us down in these turbulent times except the quiet recognition of him who assured us of his abiding presence — “Be not afraid; it is I!” (Mt 14:27) 

    THE COST OF WITNESSING TO CHRIST

    What is new about priests being murdered for witnessing to Christ? What is new about modern prophets being silenced by the treacherous bullets of assassins? What is new about servant leaders who are maligned because they have carried out their duties as shepherds configured to the person of their Chief Shepherd?  Have you forgotten that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians”? (Tertullian)   It is what has kept the Church alive after two thousand years. Be not afraid! Did not our master say, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the one who can destroy both body and soul into Gehenna” (Mt 10:28)?

    We are no strangers to ridicule and persecution.  What we are going through is no different from what the Psalmist describes in Psalm 64: “They sharpen their tongues like swords; they aim bitter words like arrows to shoot at the innocent from ambush, shooting suddenly and recklessly.” But what does the Lord tell his disciples when they are persecuted or humiliated for his sake?  He tells them to “rejoice and be glad” (Mat 5:12).  These are the very words with which Pope Francis opens his apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate”. They are the Lord’s words to those persecuted and humiliated for his sake. With the intention of calling us all to strive for a life of holiness, Pope Francis says the Lord does not want us “to settle for a bland and mediocre existence” (GE 1). How have we been taught to deal with persecution? Listen to what the apostle, St Paul, says, “When we are insulted, we respond with a blessing; when we are persecuted, we bear it patiently; when slandered, we respond gently. We have become the world’s refuse, the scum of all; that is the present state of affairs” (1 Cor 4:12-13).

    And how are we to deal with divisions among ourselves?  How are we to deal with fellow “Christians” who see nothing wrong about the killings, who just laugh when our God is blasphemed, and who take part in passing on fake news? Did not the Lord himself warn us that part of the exigencies of working for peace is having to go through the crucible of conflicts? (Lk 12:51-53) There will always be those among us who profess the faith in Christ but are so easily seduced by the empty promises of Satan. Remember him who once sold the master for 30 pieces of silver because he had allowed himself to be mastered by Satan?  St. Paul is right in saying, “...there have to be divisions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may become known.” (ESV 1 Cor 11:19)

    THE SUFFERINGS OF THE POOR

    Our sufferings as Church leaders are nothing compared to the sufferings of the poor in our country.  Do we not hear the cry of poor slum-dwellers being jailed for “loitering”?  Have they forgotten that for the homeless urban poor — the little alleys between their flimsy homes also serve as kitchens, bathrooms, recreation spaces, and playgrounds for their children?  Have they forgotten that they live in tiny dwellings that are razed quickly to the ground when fire strikes, because they do not have proper roads? Do we not feel the sufferings of drug addicts who are labelled as “non-humans”, and are stigmatized as criminals when their names end up in the dreaded “drug watch lists”? Yes, we are aware of the sufferings of those who have been victimized by substance abusers, but can we not see them also as sick people who are struggling with a disease? Should we not rather look at them also as victims who are crying out for help? Are we to remain as bystanders when we hear of people being killed in cold blood by ruthless murderers who dispose of human lives like trash?  Do we not realize that for every drug suspect killed, there is a widowed wife and there are orphaned children left behind — who could hardly even afford a decent burial for their loved ones? Do we not care when poor people’s homes are searched without warrants, or when drug suspects are arrested without warrants, or detained without charges?

    Do we not care about the misery of people charged of drug-related offenses and packed like sardines in extremely congested jails? Can we even bear the thought of seeing most of them languishing in jail, knowing that rehabilitation is what many of them need? Do we not hear of the sufferings of indigenous peoples who are displaced from their ancestral lands in order to give way to mining companies and dams?  And how do we feel about communities that are forced to leave their homes for fear of being caught in the crossfire of conflicts between government troops and insurgents? How are we affected when our own troops die because of unceasing hostilities that have not been adequately addressed through peaceful dialogue?  We have a saying in Tagalog, “Ang sakit ng kalingkingan ay ramdam ng buong katawan.” (The pain of one part of the body is felt by the whole body.)  Alas, this is not always true! There is no way we can feel each other’s pains when some parts of the body are numbed by sheer indifference.  

    To those in this world who boast of their own wisdom, those who arrogantly regard themselves as wise in their own estimation and the Christian faith as nonsense, those who blaspheme our God as stupid, St. Paul’s words are to the point: “For the stupidity of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” (1 Cor 1:25)   And to those who ridicule our faith, we say with St. Paul, “God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God.”(1 Cor 1:27-29).

    THE WAY OF JESUS

    We wish to remind those who have been angered by the insulting statements of people in authority; remember what the Lord had taught his disciples. He said, “But to you who hear I say... bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well...” (Lk 6:27-29). Vengeance is never the way of Christ.  It is not the way of Jesus to return evil for evil; no, we can conquer evil only with good (Rom 12:21). Up to the last moment of his breath, he had nothing but words of mercy towards his tormentors, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do” (Lk 23:34).

    There are those who accuse us of getting involved in political moves to destabilize the government.  Nothing can be farthest from the truth.   Our concern is never the establishment of any earthly kingdoms.  Worldly kingdoms come and go.  We work only for God’s kingdom which is beyond this world — so that we can start learning to live life “on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt 6:10). For the times in our history when we fell into the temptation of working for political power, we can only bow in shame and say, never again!  We do not proclaim a false image of God, such as one who is just watching from heaven like a ruthless deity who threatens us of damnation in hell all the time.  Ours is the God revealed to us in Jesus Christ — the God who saves, a God “rich in mercy and compassion”, a God involved in our history, a God who — for love of us — emptied himself totally, and “became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich” (2 Cor 8:9).

    CHURCH AND GOVERNMENT

    The Church respects the political authority, especially of democratically-elected government officials, as long as they do not contradict the basic spiritual and moral principles we hold dear, such as respect for the sacredness of life, the integrity of creation, and the inherent dignity of the human person. We are not political leaders, and certainly not political opponents of government. The Church has, throughout history, coexisted with countless forms of government.  The Church has always been and will always be a partner of government (especially in the LGUs and barangays) in countless endeavours for the common good, especially in addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged sectors of society. Sometimes we qualify the collaboration as “critical”, mainly to distinguish our differences in terms of ultimate goals, even as we partner in some shared endeavours. Needless to say, on some specific issues, collaboration might not be possible because of our spiritual and moral beliefs, which we persistently propose, but never impose on the unwilling. In such instances, we can only invoke our right to conscientious objection. We do recognise the constitutional provision of the separation of church and state, mainly in the sense of distinction of roles in society. When we speak out on certain issues, it is always from the perspective of faith and morals, especially the principles of social justice, never with any political or ideological agenda in mind.

    CHURCH OF SINNERS, CALLED TO HOLINESS

    We admit humbly that we are a Church made of members who are “wretched but chosen” (Miserando atque Eligendo, Pope Francis’ episcopal motto). We are a Church of sinners called to conversion and holiness at the same time.  We bow in shame when we hear of abuses being committed by some of our fellow Church leaders — especially those ordained to “act in the person of Christ”. We hold ourselves accountable for their actions, and accept our duty to correct them — as duly mandated by our own higher authorities in the universal Church.  We humbly admit that we have many weaknesses and shortcomings, human as we are.  We have no reason to justify our weaknesses on the basis of our participation in the human condition, because we profess faith in the God who embraced the human condition, precisely to set a new template of humanity in his son Jesus Christ.  We draw a lot of strength from St. Paul, who desperately begged the Lord to remove his weakness but only got these words as assurance, “My grace is enough for you; for in weakness power reaches perfection.  It is when I am weak that I am strong” (2 Cor 12:9).

    CALL TO PRAYER AND FASTING

    On July 16, 2018 on the feast of the Blessed Mother of Mt. Carmel, the mountain associated with the bold challenge of the prophet Elijah in defense of God (2 Kings 18), let us spend a day of prayer and penance, invoking God’s mercy and justice on those who have blasphemed God’s Holy Name, those who slander and bear false witness, and those who commit murder or justify murder as a means for fighting criminality in our country. We invite you to join us, your bishops, in three days of fasting, prayer and almsgiving from July 17 to 19, 2018.

    We commend you, our dear people of God, to the maternal care of the woman to whom Jesus entrusted his “Beloved Disciple” and said, “Behold your son!”  (Jn 19:26) We, for our part, behold her — our mother in faith — with filial love. Mary, mother of the Church, be near to us especially when we tend to despair and run out of the wine of faith, hope and charity (Jn 2:1-11). Teach us to do only what your Son asks of us. And when we lose heart in the face of persecution, may we stand by you at the foot of the cross and regain our strength from the blood and water that flowed from the wounded side of your Beloved Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN.




    For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines,

    Most Rev. Romulo G. Valles, DD
    Archbishop of Davao
    President, CBCP
    July 9, 2018

  • Archdiocese of Manila holds first KAPIHAN sa RCAM


    In response to the call of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle to form communities of discernment, the Archdiocese of Manila held the Kapihan sa RCAM at the San Pedro Calungsod Hall, Knights of Columbus in Intramuros on June 28, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Kapihan sa RCAM is a bi-monthly town hall meeting of RCAM employees where speakers are invited to discuss matters of national interest. 

    The forum entitled, “PH National Situationer: Issues and Implications,” is first of a series of KAPIHANS that aims at increasing awareness and understanding of political and social issues as seen in the eyes of the Catholic church as well as to engage in the current political, economic, and psycho-social concerns to be able to come up with Christian responses.

    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Guest Speaker Dr. Antonio Gabriel M. La Vina, former dean of the Ateneo School of Good Governance and Convenors of MANLABAN sa EJK Coalition discussed the present issues in our country, what are its implications to the Filipinos and how they will respond to these challenges as an individual or as part of the group.

    The issues he discussed covered topics including the economy, foreign policy, human rights, peace process particularly in Mindanao, corruption, state of democracy, and Charter Change.

    Among the issues, La Vina emphasized during the forum was the controversial statements of President Rodrigo Duterte against the Catholic Church. He said that it is a direct violation of the religious freedom of the Filipino people. 

    According to La Vina, Duterte should be more careful in his speech and should avoid to offend or discriminate against anyone.

    “Of course it’s a freedom of speech, but as a President, he cannot attack a Religion it’s a violation of freedom of religion if he attacks a religion kasi presidente siya. I can attack a Religion, Iglesia ni Kristo, preacher can do that, a priest can do that, we cannot do that because we are not Presidents we are ordinary people, but any government person cannot do that because a government person is supposed to be non-partisan, Independent…,” La Vina said.

    Duterte ranted about God and called him stupid for the concept of “original sin” in his June 22 speech in Davao City.

    Recently, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle released a letter to Clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila asking them to be calm and be at peace.

    The Kapihan sa RCAM was organized by the Human Resource Department of the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • MESSAGE TO THE CATHOLIC FAITHFUL OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF DAVAO on the recent commentaries and pronouncements regarding the faith of the Catholic church and the teachings from the bible



    My dear brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church: Peace! Recently, we have heard of some pronouncements and commentaries regarding our faith in God in the Catholic Church, and our teachings from the Bible. I believe that these pronouncements and commentaries have caused us uneasiness, worries, sadness and confusion. And for some, even anger. Perhaps, you are asking what I would say about these events, as your father and shepherd here in the Archdiocese of Davao. First of all, as faithful children of God, let us strive to maintain a peaceful and charitable spirit in our hearts in the midst of these events. Let us ask for these gifts from God in our prayers during these days. If we keep this peace and charity in our hearts, we would be able to love and respect others. Secondly, these events give us a great opportunity to revisit our Catholic faith, the faith that we have held for so many years. For most of us, this faith has always been the faith of our forefathers. Let us look back and examine the living experiences of our faith in God in the Church – our faith in Jesus Christ our Savior. Never forget how you, yourselves, experienced how beautiful, how precious and how powerful this faith is! Never forget the countless moments in which you were touched, through this faith, by the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist that we celebrate, in your reception of the Body and Blood of Christ. You were inspired by the Word of God as you listened to the preaching and explanation of your priests.

    Never forget how you experienced the presence of God as you knelt before the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle of the Church. Never forget your experience of the Mysterious Presence of God, the God who is full of love and mercy towards us, in the other Sacraments, like the Sacrament of Holy Anointing of the Sick and the Sacrament of Confession.

    Never forget those beautiful moments when the Blessed Virgin, our Mother, and the saints manifested their abiding presence and accorded you their constant assistance. This is our living faith in the Church, our faith in Jesus Christ, our God.

    Brethren, for many years, this is our faith amidst the joys and the sufferings of this life. Love and cherish this faith. This is the faith that binds us as a Church, and urges us to serve and to love and to respect our fellowmen.

    As St. Paul says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord” (Rom 8: 38).

    Let us remain steadfast in this faith, the faith that gives us joy and peace of heart, the faith that is grounded on total trust in God through Jesus, who always abides with us.


    With great trust in Christ Jesus,

    ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.
    Archbishop of Davao
    28 June 2018
    Vigil of the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles
    The 38th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Davao

  • 2018 Pope's Day Mass


    Homily delivered by Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Cacciia, D.D. during Mass in celebrtion of the Vigil of Saints Peter and Paul at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Intramuros, Manila on June 28, 2018, at 6 p.m.

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Your Excellencies and dear brother Bishops present here tonight in large number,
    Your Excellencies, the Ambassadors, and Colleagues of the Diplomatic Corps, thank you for your presence. Distinguished Government Officials, Reverend Fathers, Reverend Sisters,
    My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, dear friends 

    We gather together this Evening, the vigil of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, to celebrate the Holy Eucharist where we pray in a special way for the wellbeing, the ministry and the intentions of His Holiness Pope Francis, on the sixth year of His Pontificate.

    I am very grateful to His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and his collaborators in the Archdiocese of Manila, especially the Rector of this Cathedral, Fr. Reginald Malicdem, for their graciousness in organizing this celebration of the Pope’s Day, which actually is my first as Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.

    The good Cardinal cannot be with us this evening because he is Rome. In few hours, he will join the Consistory in which the Pope will create fourteen new Cardinals coming from all over the world, including Iraq, Pakistan, Poland, Peru, Japan, Madagascar, Italy. According to Pope Francis, the places of origin of the new cardinals show the universality of the Church that continues to preach the merciful love of God throughout the earth, and the fact that they are all in Rome, shows the unity of the disciples in preaching the unique Gospel, founded on the rock of Saint Peter’s profession of faith.

    Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI described this universality beautifully, saying: “Catholicity means universality – a multiplicity that becomes a unity; a unity that nevertheless remains multiplicity”.  “Catholic” and “one”. Today’s Solemnity puts emphasis on these ecclesial characteristics even more profoundly and I would like to quote again, Pope Benedict, he said;

    “Since the most ancient times, the Church of Rome has celebrated the Solemnity of the Great Apostles Peter and Paul as a single Feast on the same day, 29th June. It was through their martyrdom, that they became brothers; together they founded the new Christian Rome. The blood of martyrs does not invoke revenge but reconciliation. It is not presented as an accusation but rather as the “fairer light”, as the force of love that overcomes hatred and violence, thus founding a new city, a new community. Through their martyrdom, they – Peter and Paul – became Roman citizen forever. Through their martyrdom, through their faith and love, both Apostles point to where true hope lies; they are founders of a new sort of city that must be constantly rebuilt in the midst of the old human city that is threatened by the opposing forces of human sin and selfishness. By virtue of their martyrdom, Peter and Paul are in a reciprocal relationship forever. They died for the one Christ and in their witness for which they gave their lives, they are one.

    Now we know that Peter and Paul met in Jerusalem at least twice; the paths of both were ultimately to converge in Rome. We ask ourselves why? Might this be something more than a pure chance? Might this contain a lasting message? Let us see.

    Paul arrived in Rome as a prisoner but, at the same time, as a Roman citizen who, precisely as such, after his arrest in Jerusalem had appealed to the Emperor to whose tribunal he was taken. However, in a deeper sense Paul came to Rome of his own free will. Through some of his most important Letters he had already become inwardly close to the city: he had addressed to the Church in Rome the writing that sums up the whole of his proclamation and his faith better than any other. In the initial greeting of this Letter, he says that the faith of the Christians of Rome is being talked about in all the world and is, therefore, reputed everywhere to be exemplary. He then writes: “I want you to know, brethren, that I have often intended to come to you but thus far has been prevented.” And at the end of the Letter, he returns to this topic now speaking of his project of a journey to Spain. He said, “I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be sped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a little.” These are two things that become obvious: for Paul, Rome was a stopping place on the way to Spain, in other words – according to his conception of the world – on his way to the extreme edge of the earth. He considers his mission to be the fulfillment of the task assigned to him by Christ, to take the Gospel to the very ends of the world. Rome lay on his route. Whereas Paul usually went to places where the Gospel had not yet been proclaimed, Rome was an exception. He found there a Church whose faith was being talked about across the world. Going to Rome was part of the universality of his mission as an envoy to all peoples. The way that led to Rome, which already prior to his external voyage he had traveled inwardly with his Letter, was an integral part of his duty to take the Gospel to all the peoples – to found the Catholic or universal Church. For him, going to Rome was an expression of the Catholicity of his mission. Rome had to make the faith visible to the whole world, it had to be the meeting place of the one faith.

    But why Peter did go to Rome? The New Testament says nothing about this directly. Yet, it gives us hints. Peter, who comply with God’s order, had been the first to open the door to pagans, as described by the episode of the centurion Cornelius in the Acts of the Apostles, left the leadership of the Christian-Jewish Church of Jerusalem to James the Lesser in order to dedicate himself to his true mission: the ministry for the unity of the one Church of God formed both by Jews and pagan, first he did that in Antioch and later in Rome.

    Among the Church’s characteristics, St. Paul’s desire to go to Rome places emphasis on the word “Catholic.” St Peter’s journey to Rome as representative of the world’s people comes especially under the word “one.” His task was to create unity of the Catholica, the Church formed by Jews and pagans, the Church of all the peoples. And this is Peter’s ongoing mission even today, to ensure that the Church is never identified with a single nation, with a single culture or with a single State but it is always the Church of all; to ensure that she reunites humanity over and above every boundary and, in the midst of the divisions of this world, makes God’s peace present, the reconciling power of his love.

    In the world today, thanks to technology that is the same everywhere, thanks to the world information network and also thanks to the connection of common interests, new forms of unity exist, yet they spark new disputes and give a new impetus to the old ones. In the midst of this external unity, based on material things, our need for the inner unity which comes from God’s peace is all the greater – the unity of all those who have become brothers and sisters through Jesus Christ. This is Peter’s permanent mission and also the specific task entrusted to the Church of Rome.

    Let us pray then tonight for Pope Francis, the present Bishop of Rome and the Successor of St. Peter, to continue by the grace of God his ministry of communion and unity.

    And let us pray to the Lord that we too, through the intercession of Saints Peter and Paul, may be strengthened to be witnesses everywhere of the love of Jesus and promoters of unity and communion, so that the world may believe. Amen.

     

  • Episcopal Vicar of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth to grace PCNE 5



    In celebration of the upcoming 500th Year of Evangelization onward to the New Evangelization in the Philippines, the Episcopal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth of Canada, Rev. Fr. James Mallon will take part as the keynote speaker of the forthcoming Fifth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE5) on July 18 to 22, 2018.

    The theme for this year’s PCNE is “Moved with Compassion: Feed the Multitude,” which is aimed to celebrate the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). It will be a celebration of the ministerial priesthood and the consecrated life as a community of the baptized faithful, as a missionary disciples and servant leaders like Christ, and a roadmap to foster the spirit of communion and synergy among the laity and consecrated.

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, D.D. will preside the opening Mass on the first day (July 18), and will lead the plenary session about the spiritual life of priests through an encounter with Christ, with the theme “Sharing in the One Priesthood of Christ”.

    Meanwhile, Rev. Fr. James Mallon, Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, will deliver the keynote message on the theme “Renewed Servant-Leaders for the New Evangelization” during the second day of PCNE 5, July 19. 

    The second day of the conference will focus on the ordained ministers and consecrated persons as disciples of God and their mission to join Christ as they strive to have their hearts formed.

    The third day of PCNE 5, aptly themed “Ministerial Priesthood at the Service of Baptismal Priesthood”, tackles the primary tasks of the clergy and consecrated persons in bringing all their creativity, imagination and enthusiasm for the Gospel to the ministry. 

    Apart from the plenary sessions, there will be 13 tracks of concurrent sessions on parish/BECs, schools, workplace/government, family, youth, the digital and social media, catechesis, a church in mission, new ministry, young adult, and new trends in the church. 

    PCNE was introduced by Cardinal Tagle in 2013 as a local response to the call of a new evangelization. It was first held from October 16 to 18, 2013 with the theme “God makes all things new (Rev 21:5)”. PCNE I focused on rekindling the ardor of evangelization and renewal of faith experience in the local and Asian context.

    For registration and other inquiries, please call (02) 405-0093, or mobile numbers (+63) 995-191-3473 for Globe subscribers, (+63) 908-119-3533 for Smart subscribers or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information visit http://www.pcne.com.ph.


    Photo from: rbirch.leadpages.co

     

  • OUR GOD IS NOT STUPID


    He said it again. And this time with emphasis.  ‘YOUR GOD IS STUPID!”

    The God of our fathers, and of the whole Christendom is being proclaimed in this Christian nation, on National Television, by our President, as stupid.  He taunts our teachings, he insults our scriptures and his cohorts would even have the gall to defend all these by saying that the Catholic Church should repent from our own sins and scandals.

    The Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (Council of the Laity of the Philippines), together with its Religious Leaders and pastors, denounce in the strongest possible terms these unstatesmanly, untrue and uncouth manners, speeches and attacks to our faith, and the insults being hurled to OUR GOD.

    As Christians and citizens in OUR country, we have the right and duty to point out these very offensive actuations.  He should repent and relent.  The President should be man enough to accept these are wrongdoings and should be mature enough to stop tantrums.

    With this statement, the LAIKO calls on all our lay faithful to express their indignation in a truly Christian and civil manner, through all possible means and channels.


    For the LAIKO Board of Directors,

    MA. JULIETA F. WASAN
    President 
    Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas

    Noted:

    MOST REV. BRODERICK S. PABILLO, D.D.
    Chairman
    CBCP-Episcopal Commission on the Laity

    June 29, 2018

  • On question about God: Cardinal Tagle urges priests to keep calm


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    “Be fools for Christ. Be at peace. God is the Savior. We do not need to save God. It is God who will save us.”

    These were the words of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle to his priests in the Archdiocese of Manila in a letter released on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, as he shared his thoughts on the question about God.

    Cardinal Tagle wrote the letter while he was in Geneva for the UN Conference on Migrants and Refugees sponsored by the Holy See. He advised the clergy to be calm on the different issues arising.

    “Be at peace. Be calm. Don't let things disturb your inner peace. Let us read the situation with the eyes of faith,” Cardinal Tagle told his priests.

    Amidst the issues that the country and the church are facing, Cardinal Tagle reminded the clergy that there are other pressing concerns they need to pay attention to like the prices of goods, job security, problems encountered by OFW, children, and women, and crimes, and violence in the community.

    “While these questions are extremely important for the dialogue between faith and current concerns, let us not be distracted from addressing other pressing concerns with the fervor of faith and love: for example, the increasing prices of goods, job security,  exploitation of women and children, violence in homes and neighborhoods, different types of addictions, crimes, vulnerabilities of OFWs, the daily paralyzing traffic in big cities, flooding, reconstruction of destroyed cities, combatting terrorism, corruption and others,”  he said.

    “We need to come together and contribute to positive responses according to each one's capability. We cannot address these problems by just blaming someone. Those who believe in God must work faithfully and joyfully for the Lord.  Those who do not believe in God must serve out of human decency, generosity and concern for neighbors, he added.

    Cardinal Tagle stressed what the Vatican II teaches Catholics on religion.  He urged them to respect each other’s belief and to make use of religion as an instrument for peace.

    “Vatican II stressed that we Catholics should respect non-Catholics and their religions. We also respect those who do not believe in God. All people should strive to respect those who differ from their beliefs. Religions are not to be used for conflicts but for mutual understanding and peace," he said.

    He also discussed in his letter the questions about God and the many times it has become topics for study, research, and reflections.

    “Questioning God and God's ways is not new. It is as old as humanity and religions. In the history of the church they have become moments for study, reflection and clarification of doctrine. Creation and evolution, God's goodness and evil, God's grace and human freedom, God's mercy and eternal punishment - these topics have been raised at various moments of the Church's history,’ he said.

    At the end of his message, he shared a few bible verses that will help them restore their faith and peace when they are disturbed by questions about God and his ways. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Letter of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle to the Clergy from Geneva






  • Statement of the Office of Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila




    The Office of Communications of the Archdiocese would like to clarify that Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle does not issue any statement or message stating that the Church should take leadership over the government, particularly the one that is spreading in social media the past few days. 

    However, the Cardinal issued pastoral statements that encouraged the faithful to participate in activities that promote goodwill in parishes and communities. He also asked the faithful to pray for the country and for the Church.

    Let us all continue to work and pray for peaceful collaboration among all Filipinos. 


    Fr. Roy Bellen 
    Archdiocesan Office of Communication

     

  • Cardinal Tagle launches Global Week of Action

     
    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle presided over the Mass that officially launched the Share the Journey Campaign Global Week of Action held last Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the Minor Basilica and National Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz in Binondo, Manila, at 5:30 p.m.

    “Today, we are opening the Week of Action which is endorsed by Pope Francis called “Share the Journey”, makibahagi sa paglalakbay. This is the program of Pope Francis and Caritas regarding a humane encounter, personal encounter with migrants all over the world especially forced migrants,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    The Share the Journey’s call for Global Week of Action that runs from June 17-24, 2018 is an initiative of Pope Francis and Caritas Internationalis. The campaign was launched last September 2017 and aimed at developing a culture of personal encounter with migrants and refugees all over the world.

    During his homily, Cardinal Tagle pointed out a few reasons why many people are forced to migrate.

    “We have the right to migrate, to live where we want to live but many people in the world are forced to migrate, they go to countries, to other places because of poverty, because of violence, because of hunger, because of lack of work, because of conflicts, because of environmental distraction,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    Cardinal Tagle who is also the president of Caritas Internationalis, stressed that there are 65 million people who walk and sail in “dangerous circumstances” without any assurance that people will welcome them.

    “Everyday we hear reports, we see images and we Filipinos we know there are, they say around 10 million Filipinos who have also migrated to other lands,” he said.


    Global Week of Action in the Archdiocese of Manila

    Cardinal Tagle reinforced the call for the Global Week of Action by inviting the faithful to engage in simple actions and gestures that facilitate the different encounter with the displaced people in different parishes and communities.

    “These actions should be simple enough to be repeated in the homes, schools and neighborhoods towards the blossoming of a welcoming and caring culture towards displaced person,” he said.

    The Archdiocese of Manila, particularly the Ministry on Migrants headed by Fr. Artemio Fabros, formulated a program for the whole week.

    Caritas Manila opened its clinics located in 26 different parishes to the local and international migrants on Monday, June 18 as part of the healthcare activity of the Global Week of Action.  It will be opened again on Saturday, June 23.

    A migrant couple shared their plight during the Clergy Recollection of the Archdiocese of Manila held at the Lay Formation Center in San Carlos Seminary, Guadalupe, Makati on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 where Cardinal Tagle celebrated the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m.

    On Thursday, June 21, Cardinal Tagle’s 61st birthday, he presided over a Mass with a group of local and international migrants at 11 a.m. whom he also shared lunch with at the Residencia del Arzobispo in Intramuros. At 5 p.m. on the same day, a Mass for migrant people was also held at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Guia, Ermita, Manila and was presided by Rev. Fr. Ramon Magana.

    The Archdiocesan Youth Ministry with its commissioner, Fr.Jade Licuanan will hold Feast with Me: Worshipping and Praying Young Migrants and Refugees at Cinema 4 in SM Manila on Friday, June 22, from 8 to 10 p.m.

    On the feast of the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist on Sunday, June 24, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo will lead the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Saint John the Baptist Parish in San Juan, Manila, at 5:30 p.m.

    Cardinal Tagle also called on the international community to “treat migrants humanely” as well as to “send words of encouragement” to the 65 million forced migrants all over the world.

    “Let us complete our Global Week of Action with attentive listening to God’s word, Eucharistic celebration, and prayer,” he said. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

     

     

     

  • Statement of the Commission on Social Services and Development - Archdiocese of Manila on the death of Fr. Richmond Nilo


    Even if the Commission for Social Services and Development of the Archdiocese of Manila does not know all the facts yet, we can make a statement in line of our Catholic Faith.

    Trying to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ who practiced the “non-violent approach” even if he would die a most violent death, we strongly promote non-violence. As Jesus asked us to love our enemies and to pray for those who hate us, we ask God’s mercy for the killers so that they may repent and return to the God of love.

  • "Dugtong-buhay", Faithful's Gift to Cardinal Tagle

     

    Employees of the Archdiocese of Manila donate blood as a birthday gift to Cardinal Tagle during the bloodletting drive on June 21, 2018.
    Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle celebrated his 61st birthday on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

    As a birthday gift to Cardinal Tagle, the Archdiocese of Manila conducted a bloodletting activity entitled “RCAM Celebrating Life…a Birthday gift to our Archbishop.”

    Now on its eleventh consecutive year, this Dugtong Buhay project was held on Thursday, June 21, at the fourth floor of Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    In a video message of the Cardinal, he expressed his gratitude to all the people who willingly donated their blood as a birthday gift to him.


    “Para po sa lahat ng nagbigay ng kusang loob ng dugo para po sa aking kaarawan, maraming, maraming salamat po,” he said.

    “Pati po sa bibliya, ang dugo ay simbolo ng buhay. Tayo ay binigyan ng buhay, tayo naman ay makapagbigay buhay din po.  At sa isang bag ng dugo, tatlong tao pala ang pwede nating matulungan.  Kaya po para sa inyo, maraming, maraming salamat. Magbigay buhay din po tayo sa iba’t ibang pamamaraan,”
    Cardinal Tagle added.

    A total of 59 bags were collected from the donors from the schools, parishes, ministries, and employees of the Archdiocese of Manila.  There were also volunteers from the AMO-PDM of the Archdiocese of Manila, a few employees from the Social Security System (SSS) – Recto Branch and from the Diocese of Imus and Cubao who donated blood.

    The bloodletting drive was organized by the Human Resource Department (HRD) of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Message of His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila for Independence Day



    Mga minamahal na kapatid at kababayan sa Arkidiyosesis ng Manila,

    Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Dios sa biyaya ng kalayaan. Ang tunay na kalayaan ay bahagi ng ganap na buhay na dulot ni Jesus (Juan 10:10). Salamat din sa pagpupunyagi ng mga dakilang Pilipino at Pilipina na nagpamana sa atin ng kalayaan. Subalit nakalulungkot tanggapin na laganap pa rin ang pagkaalipin sa bisyo, droga, korupsyon, kapangyarihan, pera, luho at karahasan. Marami pa rin ang inaalipin ng kahirapan, pagkagutom, pagsasamantala, takot atpagpatay. Bukod sa pagkitil ng buhay ng Ilan nating kababayan sa ibang bansa tulad ni Henry Acorda na pinaslang sa Slovakia, marami ring pinapaslang sa ating bansa - Wala nang pinipili -sanggol, kabataan, magulang, lola, pulis, sundalo at pari. Ang pinakahuling biktima ay si Fr. Richmond Nilo ng Cabanatuan at sana’y hindi na masundan. Tumatangis tayo para sa kanila, sa kanilang pamilya at sambayanan. Humihingi tayo ng katarungan para sa kanila. Huwad ang kalayaan kapag pinaglalaruan ang katarungan. Inuulit po natin: Taliwas sa kalooban ng Dios ang pagyurak sa buhay. Hindi solusyon ang pagpatay sa mga problemang personal at panlipunan. 

    Sa diwa ng Salita ng Dios at turo ng Simbahan nananawagan po ako sa inyo:

    1. Bilang isang sambayanan, humingi tayo ng patawad sa Dios sa mga kasalanan laban sa buhay. Sabayan natin ng gawaing magbibigay buhay ang paghingi ng patawad: pagdamay sa naulila, pagbabahagi ng pagkain, pakikiisa sa Pondo ng Pinoy at Sanlakbay, paglahok sa Caritas, dialogo sa hindi Kristiyano o Katoliko at iba pang pagkakawanggawa. “Ipanalangin din ang mga umuusig, huwag silang isusumpa,” sabi ni San Pablo (Roma 12:14). Baka sa iyong pagsumpa sa kanila, matulad ka sa kanila at maging alipin nila. 

    2. Kapag ikaw ay itinutulak ng galit, inggit, yabang at paghihiganti upang manakit ng kapwa-tao, huwag kang susunod. Kapag ikaw ay inuutusan o binabayaran na manakit o pumatay ng kapwa-tao, huwag kang susunod. Huwag kang magpapaalipin. Ang Pilipinong tunay na malaya ay hindi nagsasamantala, naninira at nambubusabos ng kapwa. Pinalaya na tayo ni Jesucristo sa pamamagitan ng Espiritu Santo, sabi ni San Pablo sa taga-Roma 8:2. Huwag na tayong magpaalipin muli sa mga hangarin at silakbo na umuuwi sa kamatayan, ayon kay Apostol Santiago 1:15.

    3. Tinatawagan natin ang mga mambabatas at tagapangalaga ng kaayusan at katahimikan: bakit po napakaraming baril o sandata na nagkalat? Baka kailangan suriin ang mga batas at patakaran hinggil sa paggawa, pagbebenta, pagbili at pagmamayari ng baril. Huwag nawang dumating ang araw na mas madali pang bumili ng baril kaysa bigas. 

    4. Ituloy po natin ang pagtunog ng kampana ng simbahan tuwing alas-8 ng gabi bilang pagalala at panalangin para sa mga namatay. Panawagan din ito sa mga pumatay na alalahanin ang kanilang ginawa at magbagong-buhay. Mag-alay po tayo ng misa ating mga parokya sa loob ng 9 na araw mula June 13 para sa mga pinaslang, lalo na sa mga pari dahil ngayon ay Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons.

    Pagpalain po kayong lahat at ingatan ng Panginoon. Huwag tayong panghihinaan ng loob. 

    Kapiling natin si Maria, Ina ng mga Pilipino, sa tuwa, dalamhati at liwanag.

     

    +Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle 

    Arsobispo ng Maynila

    11 June 2018

  • Bloodletting drive to mark Cardinal Tagle’s 61st birthday



    Cardinal Tagle during Mass celebrating his 60th birthday
    (Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao)


    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will celebrate his 61st birthday on Thursday, June 21.

    To commemorate his birthday, the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a bloodletting activity on June 21 called “RCAM Celebrating Life Year XI – a Birthday Gift to our Archbishop.”

    In a letter released to the employees, seminaries, and parish personnel of the Archdiocese of Manila dated May 30, 2018, Rev. Fr. Sanny de Claro, Director, Human Resource Department appealed for blood donations.

    “The Human Resource Development Department of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila appeals to you and to your friends, to donate blood on June 21, 2018, to commemorate the 61st birthday anniversary of our Archbishop, Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D.,” de Claro said.

    The bloodletting activity will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the 4th floor of Arzobispado building in Intramuros.

    The said activity is in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross.

    For inquiries, you may call the HRDD office at telephone numbers 527-3956 / 527-6254 and look for Mr. Joel Madronio or Mr. Omar Matro. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Bone relic of St. Augustine open for public veneration in Manila

     

    Fr. Dennis Ruiz, Postulator General of the Order of Augustinian 
    Discalced (OAD) with the Bone relic of St. Augustine
    Photo by Leandro-Jose C. Tesorero


    The bone relic of the Theologian and Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, will be opened for public veneration in various parishes in Metro Manila from June 5 to 8 as part of its nationwide pilgrimage.

    On June 5, the relic will be venerated at Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park at 12 nn to 5 p.m. Postulator General of the Order of Augustinian Discalced (OAD), Fr. Dennis Ruiz, will deliver a special talk on Holiness and Veneration of Relics, at 4 p.m. to be followed by a Thanksgiving Mass at the Greenbelt Chapel in Makati at 5:45 p.m.

    On June 6, the relic will be welcomed by the faithful from Paranaque with the centuries-old image of the Mother of St. Augustine at the Chapel of St. Monica – Don Galo, which will be followed by a Penitential processional walk going to the Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew. The Welcome Mass and Public veneration will run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the same day.

    From June 7 to 8, the relic will be exposed for public veneration at the Basilica Minore de San Sebastian at Plaza Del Carmen, Manila. Masses will be held in honor of the Holy Father Saint Augustine. Fr. Ruiz will also deliver a talk on the Lives of Saints and the Relics on June 7 at 8p.m. in light of the commemoration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons.


    The Bone relic of St. Augustine



    The Pilgrim Relic Visit was a dream come true for Fr. Ruiz, who arranged the entire pilgrimage together with various Filipino collaborators and brought the relic all the way from their General Curia in Rome, Italy.

    St. Augustine was ordained priest in year 391 and became a full Bishop four years after. He died in Hippo Regius (now Algeria) during the year 430 at the age of 75. His remains are now kept at the Church of San Pietro in CielD’oro Pavia, Italy. His writings like the City of God influenced the development of Christianity and Western philosophy. (Leandro-Jose C. Tesorero and Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle to lead the celebration of Corpus Christi



    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal during Corpus Christi 2017


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will lead the faithful in the celebration of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) and the Declaration of Sta. Cruz Church as the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament on June 3, 2018, at Sta. Cruz Church in Manila.

    The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist by Jesus Christ to His disciples during the Last Supper. It follows the feast of the Most Holy Trinity.

    The celebration will be highlighted with the procession from Sta. Cruz Parish to the Manila Cathedral at 4:00 p.m.

    The preceding activities on that day will start with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a talk on “Eukaristiya: Biyayang Kaloob sa Paglilingkod” by Bishop Sofronio A. Bancud, SSS, D.D., of the Diocese of Cabanatuan.

    Cardinal Tagle will preside at the Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi at 3 p.m. The Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament follows the procession to Manila Cathedral.

    In line with the preparation for the Declaration of Sta. Cruz Church as the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament on June 3, 2018, the parish will hold a Triduum Mass from May 31 to June 2, 2018, at 6:15 p.m. to be followed by a Solemn Vesper. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

     

  • STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF FR. MARK VENTURA



    STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF FR. MARK VENTURA

    Our brother priest, the late Fr. Mark Anthony Ventura, was a dedicated priest, a zealous pastor, a missionary to the
    "peripheries". He was beloved by all who knew him. He was an affectionate person, sympathetic, close and intimate
    to many people: rich and poor, men and women, young and old. We miss his infectious smile and untiring zeal.

     

    Obviously he had enemies. We do not know who they are or why they had to kill him. The Police is investigating the
    killing from all angles. We do not want to speculate on what the reasons are for his death. Neither do we want that the
    investigation be muddled by the spreading of unfounded rumors and malicious insinuations. We trust that the PNP is
    faithfully doing their job. We wish them success, to come out with solid evidence, to apprehend the killers and determine
    the mastermind. We hope and pray that the real truth will come out so that justice for Fr. Mark will finally be served.

     

    The truth will set us free (Jn. 8, 32).

     

     

    + Sergio L. Utleg, D.D.
    Archbishop of Tuguegarao 
    May 21, 2018

     

     

     

  • Mensahe ng pakikiramay ni Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle sa pagpanaw ni Bishop Jose Oliveros ng Diocese ng Malolos

     


    Sa buong Diyosesis ng Malolos sa pamilya at kamag-anak ni Bishop Joey, pinaaabot ko ang paikiisa ng Archdiocese of Manila at ng
    inyong lingkod sa dalamhati ninyo sa kanyang pagpanaw.

    Magpasalamat tayo sa Diyos sa panahong nakasama natin si Bishop at sa kabutihang naranasan natin sa kanyang pagkatao at paglilingkod.
    Salamat Bishop Joey sa pananalig, pagtityaga at pagpupunyagi na ipinamalas mo lalo na sa panahon ng iyong karamdaman.

    Mapayapa kang humimlay sa kandungan ng Diyos. Amen.

  • CMMA joins RCAM-SOCOM in celebration of World Communications Day




    The Catholic Mass Media Awards joined the Social Communications Ministry of the
    Archdiocese of Manila in observance of the World Communications Day.

    The Social Communications Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila recently held its 2nd
    Archdiocesan General Assembly and Faith Lens awarding ceremony.

    The event was held at the Arzobispado de Manila last May 12, 2018.

    Finding the event of SOCOM as a fitting occasion to celebrate its 40th anniversary, CMMA, the
    award-giving body organized by the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin in 1978, mounted a graphic
    exhibit of some of its winners in the previous years. The exhibit also highlighted the various
    points of CMMA’s 40 years of existence.

     
    To kick off CMMA’s 40th anniversary celebration, CMMA chairman Edgard A. Cabangon led
    the ribbon cutting ceremony held during the SOCOM’s event.

    CMMA is a project of the Archdiocese of Manila and shares with the SOCOM’s desire to put
    communications and the mass media at the service of Christian values.

    Also on the occasion of their 40th anniversary, CMMA is also accepting entries that promote
    values-oriented media from print, radio, television, and advertising industries as well as students
    from all over the country.

    Deadline for submission of entries is on May 25.

    For inquiries, you may call the CMMA office at telephone numbers 892-4779 and 867-4026 and
    look for Miss Sasa Tobias. (Jheng Manalang Prado)



    Photos by Maricar Santos




    Related News: 
    San Roque de Manila Parish wins Best Video in 2018 faith Lens

  • San Roque de Manila Parish wins Best Video in 2018 Faith Lens




    San Roque de Manila Parish in Blumentritt won this year’s Faith Lens competition.

    “Katok ng Pag-asa”, the video entry of San Roque de Manila Parish won the Best Video award in the first Faith Lens
    film festival of the Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila in celebration of the 52nd
    World Communications Day.

    Faith Lens 2018 is a one-minute video making contest that dwells on the theme used by Pope Francis in his message for
    the World Communications Sunday 2018, “The truth will set you free’ (John 8:32), Fake News and Journalism for Peace.”

    Aside from bagging the Best Video Award, the entry “Katok ng Pag-asa” also received Best in Concept award.

    Lou Jeanne San Juan, scriptwriter of the winning entry was overwhelmed after receiving the award. According to her,
    one of the main reasons why their parish joined the contest was to support the Office of Social Communications project.

    “We believe that through videos and other forms of media we can also evangelize. We are tremendously overjoyed for
    bagging the Best in Concept and Best Video Awards.”, Lou Jeanne stated.

    The Best Video award, First Runner-Up, and Second Runner-Up received the corresponding amount of P10,000.00, P8,000.00,
    and 5,000.00 respectively.

    There were 6 parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila who joined the contest namely: San Roque de Manila Parish,
    Immaculate Conception Parish, San Felipe Neri Parish, San Juan Nepomuceno Parish, Saint Anthony Shrine, and Saint John the Baptist Parish.

    Our Lady of Hope Parish and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (Diocese of Cubao) and San Roque Cathedral (Diocese of Caloocan) |
    from the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila also joined the competition.

    More than 80 members of the Social Communications Ministry of the different parishes participated in the event last Saturday,
    May 12, 2018 which was held at the Arzobispado de Manila. It also marked the second SOCOM General Assembly.

    Present during the occasion were Assistant Commissioner, Rev. Fr. Jojo Buenafe, and Second Assistant Commissioner, Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen.

    Guest Speaker, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Public Affairs, Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano,
    encouraged the SOCOM ministers to communicate not only the news they read. He emphasized that as “Social Communicators”,
    they should not be afraid to speak and proclaim the truth which is Jesus Christ.

    Towards the end of the event, SOCOM Commissioner Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio congratulated the participants who joined
    and won the contest and at the same time thanked all the members of the SOCOM Ministry who attended the event.

    “I’d like to encourage everybody and the prayer is for all of us to really be more zealous in what we are doing in our Social Communications
    Ministry,”Rev. Msgr. Ignacio said.

    World Communications Day is celebrated on the Sunday before Pentecost which in 2018 falls on May 13, the Solemnity of the
    Ascension of the Lord. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)



    Photos by Maricar Santos

    Below is the list of winners who took home awards:

    Best Video
    KATOK NG PAG-ASA
    San Roque de Manila Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    First Runner-Up
    TRENDING NGAYON
    UY TOTOO BA?
    Saint Anthony Shrine
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Second Runner-Up
    REAR VIEW
    Saint John the Baptist Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Best in Technical Concept
    REAR VIEW
    Saint John the Baptist Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Best Relevance to the Theme Award
    TREND
    }Our Lady of Hope Parish
    Diocese of Cubao

    Best in Concept
    KATOK NG PAG-ASA
    San Roque de Manila Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Best in Doctrinal Soundness
    TRENDING NGAYON
    UY TOTOO BA?
    Saint Anthony Shrine
    Archdiocese of Manila

    Best in Poster Design
    TINANIKALA, PINALAYA
    San Roque Cathedral
    Diocese of Caloocan


    Related News: CMMA joins RCAM-SOCOM in celebration of World Communications Day

     

  • RCAM SOCOM to hold Faith Lens 2018 awarding

     


    The Social communications Commission of the Archdiocese of Manila is set to give awards to the winners of FAITH LENS 2018 film festival on May 12 at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros.

    Respected actress and multi-awarded director Laurice Guillen was one of the judges and headed the deliberation of winners last May 7. 

    Other judges include: Mr. Edwin Lopez (Eternal World Television Network – EWTN), Ms. Sharon Joys Isla (TV Maria), Mr. Darren Ramos (Radio Veritas), and Mr. Dennis Dayao (Areopagus Communications).

    The event will also mark the 2nd Archdiocesan SOCOM Assembly and the celebration of World Communications Day.

    Faith Lens 2018 is the first Archdiocesan Film Festival organized by the Social Communications Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila aimed at encouraging servant leader-communicators in the parish to utilize their technical skills, develop creativity, and promote Catholic faith and values in a one-minute video with a theme, “The truth will set you free (John 8:32), fake news and journalism for peace.”

    The following are the parishes who participated in the competition with their entries:

    "KATOK NG PAG-ASA"
    San Roque de Manila Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    "KIDNAPPED!"
    Immaculate Conception Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    “LIARS GO TO HELL"
    San Roque Cathedral
    Diocese of Caloocan

    "TINANIKALA, PINALAYA"
    San Roque Cathedral
    Diocese of Caloocan

    "REAR VIEW"
    Saint John the Baptist Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    “TRUTH: WHERE ART THOU?"
    San Felipe Neri Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    "SHHH"
    San Juan Nepomuceno Parish
    Archdiocese of Manila

    "TREND"
    Our Lady of Hope Parish
    Diocese of Cubao

    "DYARYO"
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
    Diocese of Cubao

    "TRENDING NGAYON"
    Saint Anthony Shrine
    Archdiocese of Manila

    The entries were judged based on the following criteria: Technical Aspect, Relevance to the theme, Concept, and Doctrinal Soundness / Faith impactt.

    In his message for the 52nd World Communications Days, Pope Francis challenged the faithful to take an active participation in the Church’s evangelization by proclaiming the Good News not only in words but also by witnessing in their life.

    “The best antidotes to falsehoods are not strategies, but people who are not greedy but ready to listen, people who make the effort to engage in sincere dialogue so that truth can emerge; people who are attracted by goodness and take responsibility for how they use language.” 

    World Communications Day is celebrated on the Sunday before Pentecost which in 2018 falls on May 13, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Archdiocese of Manila releases Prayer for the Barangay Elections




    Rev. Fr. Reginald Malicdem of the Chancery office of the Archdiocese of Manila released a circular letter on Prayer for the Barangay Election dated May 4, 2018.
    Addressed to all the parish priests, rectors of shrines, chaplains of chaplaincies, and superiors of religious communities in the Archdiocese of Manila, Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila encouraged the faithful to pray the Prayer for the Barangay Election after the Post Communion Prayer in all Masses from May 6 to 13 upon the proposal of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.


    Below is the Circular and Prayer for the Barangay Election

    Circular 2018-16
    4 May 2018

    TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, RECTORS OF SHRINES, AND CHAPLAIN OF CHAPLAINCIES, AND SUPERIORS OF RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
    RE: PRAYER FOR THE BARANGAY ELECTION

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Greetings of peace in the Risen Lord! Upon the proposal of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, our Archbishop, Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, encourages us to pray the attached Prayer for the Barangay Election after the Post Communion Prayer in all Masses from May 6 to May 13, 2018.

    Thank you and God bless.

    Sincerely yours in Christ,

    (signed)
    FR. REGINALD R. MALICDEM
    Chancellor


    PRAYER FOR THE BARANGAY ELECTIONS

    Lord God, we come to you as the Barangay Elections approaches. In Christ, you have given us the model of a servant who lay’s his life down for his sheep. Give us the wisdom to elect women and men who will work for truth, justice, and the upliftment of human dignity. We ask you to enlighten our minds and hearts – so that we may search for Shepherds after your Son’s heart to watch over our barangays. Teach us Christ’s way of looking at people – so that we will be able to give a voice to the poor, the powerless, the abandoned, and the oppressed. And finally, grant us the gift of discernment – so that we may wisely exercise the gift of suffrage as an expression of our desire for peace and love for neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us. Saints Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, pray for us. Saint Michael and all Holy Angels, watch over us.

    PANALANGIN PARA SA HALALANG PANG-BARANGAY

    Panginoong Diyos, dumudulog kami sa iyo habang papalapit ang Halalang Pang-Barangay. Kay Kristo, binigyan mo kami ng huwaran ng isang lingkod na handang ialay ang kanyang buhay para sa kanyang kawan. Pagkalooban mo kami ng dunong na makapaghalal ng mga babae at lalaking magtataguyod ng katotohanan, katarungan, at pagtataas ng dignidad ng mga tao. Hinihiling naming liwanagan mo ang aming mga isip at puso – upang makahanap kami ng mga Pastol na hinubog sa puso ng iyong Anak na mangangalaga sa aming mga Barangay. Ituro mo sa amin ang pamamaraan ng pagtingin ni Kristo sa mga tao – upang mabigyan namin ng tinig ang mga mahihirap, mahihina, inabanduna, at mga inaapi. At sa huli, pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya ng pagwawari – upang matalino naming magamit ang biyaya ng paghahalal, bilang pamamaraan ng pagpapahayag ng aming pagnanais para sa kapayapaan, at ng aming pag-ibig para sa aming kapwa.

    Hinihiling namin ang lahat ng ito sa pamamagitan ni Kristong aming Panginoon. Amen.

    Maria, Reyna ng Kapayapaan, ipanalangin mo kami.
    San Lorenzo Ruiz at San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin ninyo kami.
    San Miguel at lahat ng mga Banal na Anghel, bantayan ninyo kami.

  • Catholic church celebrates 400 years of Carmel devotion with "Salubong and Traslacion"




    The Catholic faithful celebrates today, May 4, the 400 years anniversary of the arrival of image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel with a Salubong and Traslacion.

    The Marian event begins with a Salubong, a fluvial parade of the image at the Manila Bay at 5 am followed by a Mass at the Quirino Granstand in Luneta at 6:30 am.

    The procession or the Traslacion starts at 8 am from Quirino Granstand to San Sebastian Church and passes by at Quiapo Church where the image of the Black Nazarene is brought out for the traditional "Dungaw".

    Devotees, particularly in Quiapo, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is a key figure in the annual Black Nazareno feast, where she appears during the Dungaw, awaiting the passing in procession of the image of the black Jesus.

    At 11 am, the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel is available for public veneration at the grounds of San Sebastian Basilica.

    Earlier, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle released a circular inviting the faithful to participate in the re-living of the arrival of the image 400 years ago from Mexico.

    "With the ‘Salubong at Traslacion,’ we hope to strengthen the devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, drawing strength from her and from each other’s presence. Let us take this occasion to pray for healing and reconciliation in our land and to consecrate our country to the Blessed Virgin Mary,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    He also said that those who will participate in the activities will receive plenary indulgence or the remission of temporal punishment due to sins as approved by the Vatican.

    Initially housed at San Juan de Bautista de Bagumbayan at the Luneta, the image was enthroned at the first San Sebastian Church in Quiapo when it opened its doors in 1621.

    Canonically crowned in 1991 by Cardinal Sin under the authority of St. Paul II, Our Lady of Mount Carmel remains the queen of San Sebastian Basilica and Quiapo. (Jheng Manalang Prado /RCAM-AOC)

  • Bishop Pabillo leads Labor Day celebration


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D. presided the Holy Eucharist in celebration of Labor Day on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) at 8 am.

    In his homily, Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Laity (CBCP-ECL) emphasized that work should not be viewed as an "economic activity". Instead, Pabillo stressed that workers should be given importance because they play a significant role in the economic progress of a company and the country.

    He also stated that a worker should have regular employment, just wage, and security of tenure in order to meet the basic needs of his family.

    “Bigyan dapat ng living wage, hindi lang sapat na sahod at kailangan din ng trabahong pangmatagalan- security of tenure. Kasi hindi tama ang ‘endo’, hindi tama na contractual lang. kailangan regular na trabaho at ‘yan ang malaking pagkukulang sa ating kalagayan," Pabillo said.

    Aside from the rights of the workers Pabillo mentioned, he also urged them to value their jobs by striving hard not only for themselves but for the society as well.

    As workers who also belong in a community, Pabillo encouraged them to look after the welfare of their fellow workers who are experiencing abuse in their jobs and are receiving unjust compensation.

    "Ang paggawa ‘it creates human communities’ nagkakaisa sila. So’yan din ang tungkulin ng manggagawa na sikapin na maayos ang kanyang trabaho at pakikisama sa kaniyang kapwa manggagawa. At ang paglilingkod niya sa lipunan. Sana makita ng mga manggagawa ang kaniyang trabaho ay hindi lamang sa kaniyang sarili ay para rin sa lipunan,” Pabillo said.

    In celebration of Labor Day, President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order prohibiting illegal contracting during a meeting held in Cebu City.

    The President admitted that the EO is not enough because he said the congress needs to review the outdated labor code in the Philippines.

    Pabillo was joined by Rev. Fr. Matvin Cruz, Parochial Vicar of Quiapo Church and Rev. Fr. Enrico Adoviso of the Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Labor Concerns.

    In the Catholic Church, May 1 is the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. (Marian Navales-Pulgo /RadioVeritas and Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM AOC)

     

  • Official Statement of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao on the brutal killing of Rev. Fr. Mark Y. Ventura

  • Homily delivered by Fr. Cielo R. Almazan, OFM on the AMRSP Mass of Solidarity for Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS at St. Anthony Shrine-Sampaloc on April 27, 2018.


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


    What is the meaning of this?

    My dear brothers and sisters, fellow religious and priests, justice and freedom loving Filipinos,

    We are converged this afternoon in this church called St. Anthony Shrine for celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass particularly for the well-being of Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS.

    Looking at what is happening around, as we register our protests against injustices and hold indignation rallies, write statements, and show our solidarity to the affected like Sr. Patricia, all the more now we need to recognize that there is somebody out there who has the last say. We humans, starting with us here, must listen to the voice of God. For our actions, our activities or activisms have meaning only if they conform to the will of God.

    I do not know Sr. Patricia very well, I don’t know if she knows me, but certainly she knows God, that’s why she has been here in our country; that’s why she will leave us behind. Good bye, sister! (Not yet!)

    I believe as a fellow religious, as a nun, Sr. Patricia has spent more time praying to God early in the morning, in evening, before she goes to bed and at other times, more than she studied, more than she washed dishes, more than she interacted with us, with you here and with her loved ones.

    When I feel helpless and when something is not right, I ask, “what is the meaning of this? Why is this happening?” It is easy to explain. But in spite of the myriads of explanations, still we are at a loss and troubled. What is the meaning of this?

    In the gospel today, we hear Jesus say to his troubled disciples, “Do not be troubled. Trust in God and trust in me.” These very powerful words of Jesus strengthened the confused apostles; they were simple fisherfolks or tambay, they did not have the education which Sr. Pat obtained before she became a nun. 

    Jesus was bidding good bye to prepare a place for his apostles. After his passion, death and resurrection, he would go back to heaven.

    Yet the famous skeptic and ignorant apostle Thomas said, “Lord, we do not know where you are going.” As if Thomas was saying, “what is the meaning of all these? We do not know what you are talking about. How do we know what you mean?”

    Thus Jesus uttered his famous self-revealing words, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”

    Sr. Patricia has kept these words in her heart during her involvement with the peasants, the poor and the marginalized. Maybe St. Patricia does not ask anymore, “What is the meaning of this? Why are they doing this to me?” Long before, through her prayers, adorations of the blessed sacrament and meditations, she has understood that it was coming. So now it has come. The state machineries are in place to get rid of her. She is not surprised. If ever she is surprised, she would say, “Why me? Insignificant lang ako, tahimik lang naman ako, marunong lang magtagalog; natutuwa ang mga tao kung nagsasalita ng wika nila. Nakikikain lang naman ako ng ginamos, ang payat ko na nga, miss ko yong kangaroo beef, sa bukid, nangangamoy araw din ako, atbp.”

    My dear brothers and sisters, we can only have meaning if we love Jesus Christ, whom Sr. Patricia loved very much. She is like a lamb led to a slaughter or maybe to paradise, to Australia. She knows in her heart that there is such thing as resurrection. God has the last word. Earthly kingdoms come and go.

    We whom Sr. Patricia will leave behind, if nothing will change, will continue her and our missionary work, God’s mission, not according to the definition of Mr. Webster’s Dictionary or Wikipedia. We will follow the definition of the gospels, interpreted by committed and zealous first Christians and those who came after them, our popes, bishops, saints, founders and foundresses and present-day theologians.

    We will be like the apostles Paul and Barnabas in the first reading, who evangelized the Jewish people in Antioch in Pisidia, in the present day Turkey. They boldly preached in the synagogue how the authorities in Jerusalem shabbily treated Jesus, condemning him to death, but God frustrated their plans. God raised Jesus from the dead.

    Well, brothers and sisters, Sr. Pat, this could be the meaning of what is happening now. We continue connecting ourselves with Jesus, in our hearts, in our minds, in our communities, banking on his words to set us free, and we together as a church, one body, continue advancing God’s kingdom in the cities and in the country sides and in the world.

    With the powerful intercession of St. Anthony of Padua, we will find justice, peace, fulfillment and joy we are looking for. God bless you all.

    God bless you.

  • AMRSP STATEMENT ON SR. PATRICIA FOX, NDS ILLEGAL ARREST AND DETENTION BY THE BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION

     



    The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines expresses its solidarity with Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS, in her work of proclaiming the good news of salvation and liberation to the poor and powerless. As religious and consecrated persons, we stand with her and all who do God’s mission of care and compassion for His anawim, the poor of the land.

    We are shocked that after 27 years of dedicated service to the poor, Sr. Pat was unduly arrested and detained for allegedly being an “undocumented alien” and for participating in “political activities.” It is simply unacceptable that in the age of computerization, the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation could not verify that Sr. Pat had a valid missionary visa. This to us is harassment of an advocate of the rights of the poor.

    We demand that the rights of Sr. Pat be respected, and so the rights of our mission partners, foreigner or Filipino, who truly work for justice in our country. Let the government agencies, especially the BID, not hamper the prophetic work of our foreign missionaries to alleviate the lives of the poor and powerless.

    Moreover, Sr. Pat is a missionary for Life, Human Rights and Justice. She can only be considered undesirable alien to those who seek to muzzle the truth and foist tyranny upon us.

    We stand with Sr. Pat and all human rights defenders. Even in her old age, Sr. Pat is fulfilling her prophetic mission to be in solidarity with the poor and powerless. And for this, she should be commended, not deported or harassed.

    Once again, we in the AMRSP, stand our ground. We continue to obey God’s mandate to quench the thirst for justice and peace in our country.




    Fr. Cielito Almazan, OFM (SGD) 
    Sr. Regina Kuizon, RGS (SGD)
    AMRSP Co- Chairpersons

  • ON THE RECENT DEVELOPMENT: SR. PATRICIA FOX, NDS IS ORDERED TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY

     


    This is our second statement regarding the situation of Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS, a catholic nun working in the Philippines.

    Last week, Sr. Patricia was taken into custody and detained and questioned by the Bureau of Immigration (BI). But later, she was released.

    Today, we read in the national newspapers that the Bureau of Immigration has revoked the visa of Sr. Patricia, compelling her to leave the country within 30 days from receipt of the order. “She was found to have engaged in activities that are not allowed under the terms and conditions of her visa… We direct Fox to leave the Philippines within 30 days from receipt of this order.” (Philippine Star, page 2)

    We are truly saddened by this turn of events. 

    The situation certainly involves legalities – the authorities have said that she has been found to have violated certain laws of our land. On the other hand, it is reported that her lawyer would first file a motion for reconsideration before the Bureau of Immigration to dispute the findings. (Philippine Star, page 2)

    As in our previous statement, all the information that we have regarding this recent development is from the national newspapers. Our CBCP Secretariat is still trying to get more information from the community of Sr. Patricia Fox.

    In this recent development, we sincerely make an appeal that the authorities may make a reconsideration of their order for Sr. Patricia Fox to leave the country. 

    Without entering into the merits of both parties in the case, this is for the proper authorities to decide. But this we say: We believe in the sincerity and dedication of Sr. Patricia to serve our people. We believe further that she is moved to serve our people by the love of Christ. “The love of Christ urges us.” (2 Cor. 5:14)

    With a hope for a reconsideration regarding the BI’s order after giving Sr. Patricia a chance to explain herself again, in a spirit of dialogue, could she be given a chance to stay and continue serving our people? 

    We continue to pray for the Lord’s enlightenment for all those who are involved in this case, but in particular, we continue to pray for Sr. Patricia Fox – for her health and wellbeing. 




    From the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, 26 April 2018

    + ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.
    Archbishop of Davao
    President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

     

  • RCAM SOCOM holds Faith Lens 2018

    The Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a film festival on World Communications Day.

    Faith Lens 2018 is the first Archdiocesan Film Festival organized by the Social Communications Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila that aims to utilize the technical skills and develop the creativity of the SOCOM ministers using a professional or cellular phone camera as well as to promote Catholic faith and values in one minute.

    The festival is open to all the members of the Social Communications Ministry of parishes in the Roman Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Manila.

    Faith Lens 2018 is a one minute video making contest that dwells on the theme used by Pope Francis in his message for the World Communications Sunday 2018, “The truth will set you free’ (John 8:32), Fake News and Journalism for Peace.”

    Interested participants are requested to send via email their letter of intent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from April 10-22, 2018. All entries must be original and have not been submitted or exhibited previously in other similar contests.

    The participating parishes are allowed to make use of any kind of production equipment, be it mobile phone, DSLR, or any type of video camera and any kind of editing software to produce entries. Predominant use of visuals and/or image and minimal dialogue are highly encouraged.

    All participants are also requested to submit at the Office of Communications a poster promoting the video entry (.PNG for the format, 600 x 749 pixels for the size) and an endorsement letter signed by the Parish Priest endorsing the video entry.

    The deadline line for submission of entries is on May 4, 2018.

    All entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Technical Aspect (25%), Relevance to the theme (25%), Concept (25%), and Doctrinal Soundness / Faith impact (25%), for a total of 100%.

    There will be three proclaimed winners: Best Video, First Runner-Up, and Second Runner-Up for Best Video.  Special Awards will also be given to the following: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editor, and Best Poster Design.

    For the Best Poster Design Award, promotional posters of video entries will be uploaded on May 5, 2018 on the Facebook Page of the Archdiocese of Manila - Office of Communications.  Tallying of valid reactions garnered only on the posts found on the said Facebook Page will end on May 7, 2018 at 12:00 NN.

    The announcement of winners will be on May 12, 2018 in line with the celebration of World Communications Day, held annually on the Sunday before Pentecost, falling this year on May 13, 2018. The winning film entries will also be shown at the awarding ceremony to be held at the Arzobispado de Manila from 1 to 5 in the afternoon.

    In his message for the World Communications Day, His Holiness Pope Francis called on the faithful to promote a “journalism for peace” in response to the worldwide spread of fake news.

    “I would like, then, to invite everyone to promote a journalism of peace.  By that, I do not mean the saccharine kind of journalism that refuses to acknowledge the existence of serious problems or smacks of sentimentalism.  On the contrary, I mean a journalism that is truthful and opposed to falsehoods, rhetorical slogans, and sensational headlines.  A journalism created by people for people, one that is at the service of all, especially those – and they are the majority in our world – who have no voice.  A journalism less concentrated on breaking news than on exploring the underlying causes of conflicts, in order to promote deeper understanding and contribute to their resolution by setting in place virtuous processes.  A journalism committed to pointing out alternatives to the escalation of shouting matches and verbal violence,” said Pope Francis. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Blood relic of St. John Paul II open for public veneration at Manila Cathedral


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


    The Manila Cathedral will hold the first public veneration of the Blood relic of St. John Paul II on Saturday, April 7, 2018 after the welcome mass to be presided by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.

    The Blood relic of the saintly pope was unveiled during a press conference on Thursday, April 5 at the Pope Francis Hall of Manila Cathedral. 

    Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of Manila Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception said in his statement that the Blood relic was given by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, former secretary of the Pope after they wrote to the Vatican and requested for relics of three important Popes who were recently beatified and canonized in preparation for the cathedral’s 60th year anniversary of rebuilding after the Second World War.

    According to Father Malicdem, Cardinal Dziwisz sent the vial of blood through Sr. Nancy Banares, a Filipina nun of the Sisters of the Visitation who is the superior of the community in Bolechowice, Poland, and came with a personal letter to Cardinal Tagle and an authentication certificate of the relic.

    According to Father Malicdem, the blood is in a liquid state because of an anti-coagulant substance that is present in the test tubes at the moment of extraction. The blood was extracted from the pope during an emergency transfusion near the end of his life due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

    There are seven vials of this pope’s liquid blood enshrined in different churches around the world: St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, the Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital, a pilgrim relic that belongs to the Postulator of the Cause of the Pope, the John Paul II Center in Krakow, Poland, theu National Shrine and Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Cherash, Malaysia, and the Manila Cathedral in the Philippines.

    After the welcome Mass, Father Malicdem said they will be distributing prayer cards or stampita of the saint to those who will go the cathedral.

    The veneration of the blood relic of St. John Paul II is open to public on Sunday, April 8 from 6 am to 8 pm.

    Precious Gift

    In his statement, Father Malicdem also regard the blood relic of the pope as a “precious gift” that gives comfort to the people especially for those who are suffering from physical illness.

    “This precious gift of John Paul II's blood relic is truly a source of consolation and help especially for those who are suffering physical illnesses. Let St. John Paul II, who himself endured courageously his sickness, be the companion and intercessor in their journey.”

    “Let those who have special intentions and petitions come in veneration and prayer, because we are assured that our beloved John Paul II is now in the home of the Father, interceding always on our behalf.”

    Pope’s message during 1995 World Youth Day reverberates

    According to father Malicdem, the presence of the blood relic of St. John Paul II reminds the faithful of the pope’s message during the 1995 World Youth Day for us to become instruments of evangelization.

    “Kayo ay isinugo ni Kristo tulad ng pagsugo sa kanya ng Ama. Salamat at pinakinggan ninyo ang kanyang Salita. Inaanyayahan ko kayong maging mga alagad ng Ebanghelyo, at mga tagapagtaguyod ng kanyang Kaharian sa inyong mga pamilya, parokya, samahan, at sa bawat bahagi ng inyong buhay bilang mga Pilipino. Nawa'y maging matatag kayo sa inyong pananampalataya at pagmamahal sa inyong kapwa,” said St. John Paul II in his homily during the 1995 World Youth Day Closing Mass at Luneta.

    Father Malicdem stressed that the same message reverberates even up to this present time.

    “We are called to live out the vocation to love and be in solidarity with our fellow human beings, to defend the inalienable dignity of human life, and to witness to the love of Jesus in the midst of the realities and needs of our times.”

    Proper Decorum

    During the press conference, Father Malicdem noted that they will not restrict the faithful who will take their selfies especially now that we live in the digital age where social media becomes one of the platforms for evangelization. Instead, the priest encouraged the faithful to behave and be respectful while venerating the blood relic.

    “Mahalaga yan sa atin lalung lalo na ngayon sa social media. Pero yun lang yung proper respect, yung decorum din natin na hindi lang ito basta isang museum piece o isang bagay na nagpapa-picture tayo. But we consider this as a presence of a holy man in our midst. Yung proper decorum din and attitude before a holy thing in the presence of a holy person,” Father Malicdem said. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Quiapo SOCCOM holds “2018 Traslacion: Sa Lente ng mga Camera” exhibit



    The Social Communications Ministry of the Quiapo Church - Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene holds a photo exhibit entitled “2018 Traslacion: Sa Lente ng mga Camera.”

    The exhibit showcases various photos of the Traslacion or the Feast of the Black Nazarene that is celebrated every 9th of January. 

    The exhibit tells the story of the passion and suffering of Christ which many devotees relate their poverty and struggles. It also tells the devotees' stories of faith, hope and love that transcend from one generation to another. These stories touch the hearts and affect the lives of the people.

    Apart from the stories of faith, the exhibit also shows the story of Evangelization from the time of the preaching of Christ to this present day.

    The exhibit will run from April 1 – 8, 2018 from 8 am to 5 pm at the fourth floor of Benedict building, Quiapo Manila. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Cardinal Tagle washes feet of Fr. Chito Soganub on Holy Thursday


    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle washed the feet of Fr. Teresito “Chito” Soganub, the priest that was hostaged for 116 days by the Maute group in Marawi City in May 2017.

    Fr. Soganub was one of the twelve persons whose feet were washed by Cardinal Tagle during the Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday, March 29 at the Manila Cathedral.

    The Washing of the Feet is part of the Liturgy of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper during Holy Thursday. It is a powerful symbol of humility and love of Christ when he himself washed the feet of his twelve apostles.

    Fr. Soganub became emotional and was seen wiping his tears when Cardinal Tagle began washing his feet. According to him, he was deeply touched knowing that the Church, through Cardinal Tagle and Pope Francis, cares and looks after the situation of those who are victims of conflicts and are experiencing hardships like the migrants and refugees.

    “Napaiyak ako dahil touching para sa akin yung sagot ng ating simbahan lalong-lalo na si Cardinal at Santo Papa, si Pope Francis, na bigyan din ng pangangalaga yung mga taong biktima ng giyera, mga refugees, mga displaced persons kaya doon, napapaiyak ako dahil ganun pala na may malaki at malalim na pag-alala ang simbahan tulad namin na mga dumaan, nakaranas ng mga masakit na pangyayari sa aming buhay lalong lalo na sa mga biktima ng giyera, mga refugees at mga displaced people,” he said in an interview by Radio Veritas (Veritas846.ph).

    Cardinal Tagle also washed the feet of Mr. and Mrs. Crisanto and Eva Demafelis, the parents of the overseas Filipina worker in Kuwait who was found dead in a freezer. 

    He also washed the feet of the following people:

    • Mr. and Mrs. Irfan Masih and Shazia Irfan, who sought refuge in the Philippines because of religious persecution in their homeland.

    • Mr. and Mrs. Danilo and Janet Pelayo, with their daughter, Danica, a family relocated from their home in Paco, Manila to Cabuyao Laguna.

    • Isidro Indao and Kaylo Bontolan, both Lumad leaders who fled their homelands because of massive militarization and destruction by logging and mining companies.

    • Mr. and Mrs. Giovanni and Yolicres Badidles, who serve the country through the Philippine Navy.

    The washing of the feet of 12 persons, representing the twelve apostles whose feet were washed by Christ during the Last Supper, was also an act of oneness with the Share the Journey campaign of His Holiness Pope Francis, that calls all Catholics to show love and care, and walk with suffering people particularly with the migrants, refugees, persecuted, and the victims of war, slavery, and injustices. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle to wash feet of migrants, refugees, and displaced people on Holy Thursday



    This photo was taken during the Washing of the Feet in 2016 held at the Manila Cathedral.

     

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will wash the feet of migrants, refugees, and displaced people on March 29, Holy Thursday.

    Cardinal Tagle who is also the President of Caritas Internationalis continues to advocate the call of Pope Francis in his New Year message to look after the situation of migrants and refugees whom he calls “men and women in search of peace.”

    The Washing of the Feet is part of the Liturgy of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper to be held at the Manila Cathedral at 5 pm. 

    This year, the Manila Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception has posted in their Facebook account the list of the twelve people representing the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ whose feet will be washing by Cardinal Tagle. They are the following:

    • Mr. and Mrs. Crisanto and Eva Demafelis, parents of Joanna Demafelis, the Filipina OFW in Kuwait who was found dead in a freezer.

    • Mr. and Mrs. Irfan Masih and Shazia Irfan, who sought refuge in the Philippines because of religious persecution in their homeland.

    • Mr. and Mrs. Danilo and Janet Pelayo, with their daughter, Danica, a family relocated from their home in Paco, Manila to Cabuyao Laguna.

    • Isidro Indao and Kaylo Bontolan, both Lumad leaders who fled their homelands because of massive militarization and destruction by logging and mining companies.

    • Mr. and Mrs. Giovanni and Yolicres Badidles, both came from the Philippine Navy

    • Fr. Teresito “Chito” Soganub, a priest from the Prelature of Marawi, has worked tirelessly for the Christian dialogue in Mindanao.

    It was at the Last Supper that Jesus washed the feet of his apostles. It reminds the faithful that as disciples of Christ we are called to serve others in a spirit of humility.

    Cardinal Tagle will also preside at other liturgical services at the Manila Cathedral during the Holy Week: Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, 6 am and Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 5 pm; Good Friday, March 30, 3 pm; and Easter Vigil on Black Saturday, March 31, 8 pm. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle presides HOLY WEEK activities

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will lead the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila in the Holy Week activities at the Manila Cathedral.

    Cardinal Tagle will preside at the Palm Sunday Mass on March 25 at 7 am. Palm Sunday is the last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. It commemorates Christ’s arrival at Jerusalem a few days before he was crucified. Cardinal Tagle will bless the palms of the people at Plaza Roma in front of the Cathedral. It will be followed by the procession of the people and the main celebrant into the church and will serve as the entrance rite of the Mass.

    At 7 in the morning of Holy Thursday, March 29, Cardinal Tagle will preside at the Chrism Mass, “one of the principal expressions of the fullness of the Bishop’s priesthood.” During this Mass, all the priests of the archdiocese of Manila gather at Manila Cathedral to signify unity.  The chrism or holy oil is also blessed during the Mass.

    At five in the afternoon, Cardinal Tagle will again preside at Mass commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his apostles. The Manila prelate will also wash the feet of 12 laypeople symbolizing Christ’s humility when he washed the feet of his apostles.

    On March 30, Good Friday, there will be Station of the Cross at 8:30 in the morning while the Seven Last Words will start at 12 noon. The Mass for the Commemoration of the Lord's Passion will start at 3 pm. The celebration is consisted of three parts, namely, the Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.

    The Easter Vigil Mass will be at 8 pm on March 31. 

    Confessions will be held on Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday (8-9 am, 11 to 12 noon, and 4-5 pm); Holy Thursday (10 am to 5 pm and 7 pm to 12 midnight); and Good Friday (8 am to 12 noon and 5 pm to 7 pm).

     

  • Pope Francis appoints new bishop of Kabankalan

    The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Louie Galbines as new Bishop of the Diocese of Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. The appointment was made to public in Rome Monday, March 12, 2018.

    Msgr. Galbines, 51, is currently the Vicar General of the Diocese of Bacolod. He will replace Bishop Patricio Buzon who was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod in 2016 following Bishop Vicente Navarra's retirement.

    He was born on November 18, 1966 in Aliwanag, Sagay, Negros Occidental.

    He completed his philosophical and theological studies at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in España, Manila and was ordained priest for the Diocese of Bacolod on April 29, 1994.

    He also studied at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas where he obtained a licentiate and doctorate in sacred theology from 1997-2001.

    Bishop-elect Galbines served as deputy dean and spiritual director at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Bacolod City in 1994 and became chancellor and secretary of the diocesan Curia of Bacolod from 1994-1996.

    He held various positions upon returning to his homeland such as: treasurer and collaborator of the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines (2001-2006); vice-president and subsequently president of the diocesan Commission for the Clergy as well as parish vicar of the Saint Sebastian parish of Bacolod City (2007-2012).

    In 2012 he became rector of the Sacred Heart Seminary of Bacolod City and, in 2013, vicar general of the same diocese. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

     

  • Cardinal Tagle asks support for Alay Kapwa 2018

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has asked the faithful to support Alay Kapwa, an annual Lenten evangelization and fundraising program of the Catholic Church that supports the social services for the poor and in need especially during times of disaster.

    “During this season, we are especially called upon to exercise charity in our dealings with our neighbor – that is to say, to have a genuine concern for those who are needy and who suffer, and to perform concrete good works.  Charity, after all, is the very heart of Christian life,” Cardinal Tagle said in his pastoral letter.

    In response to Cardinal Tagle’s call to be more generous as we open our hearts to the poor people especially this season of Lent, Caritas Manila and Radio Veritas (Veritas 846) will conduct an Alay Kapwa Telethon.

    With the theme “Renewed-Servant Leadership for New Evangelization towards Living out the Spirituality of Alay Kapwa”, the telethon will be held on Holy Monday, March 26, 2018 from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm at Radio Veritas 846 and livestreamed at www.veritas846.ph.

    The funds raised during the Alay Kapwa Telethon will be used to fund the programs of Caritas Damayan, Caritas Manila’s program for disaster prevention, mitigation and emergency relief in times of natural and human-caused calamities. 

    Last year, the funds raised during Alay Kapwa were used to provide assistance to about 14,732 families nationwide among those were emergency relief assistance to victims of the Surigao earthquake, the typhoons Urduja and Vinta, various fire disasters in Metro Manila, and the relief and ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Marawi. 

    Cardinal Tagle also encouraged the faithful to support the special collection of all the parishes and dioceses all over the country on March 25, Palm Sunday.

    For inquiries, you can call Caritas Manila at 562-0020 loc 118 or 254-5519 and look for Mr. Rye Zotomayor. You may also reach them through e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

  • SOCOM Ministry holds first general assembly for 2018

    The Social Communications Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila held a half day assembly for members of the media ministry of parishes last March 3, 2018 from 1 to 5 p.m.

    About 100 members of the Social Communications Ministry of parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila attended the gathering at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros.

    The assembly focused on the various activities prepared by the SOCOM Ministry for the ministers and their parishes as well as how the ministry can maximize the use of social communications in Evangelization.

    Paingayin ang “Good News”

    In a world where there is proliferation of “Bad News”, Fr. Joselito Buenafe, First Commissioner of Social Communication of the Archdiocese of Manila, Vice President for Administration of TV Maria and Parish Priest of Santisima Trinidad Parish encouraged the ministers to make noise in proclaiming the Good News.

    “Sometimes we have been too quiet and we have to go against the tide.  We have also to proclaim and it is our duty especially as social communications ministers to be evangelizers, to inspire, and to bring Good News not just to our parish but to the whole world,” Fr. Buenafe said during his welcome remarks.

    Share the stories of God’s Love

    In his message for the SOCOM ministers, Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio, Vicar General; Moderator Curiae; and Commissioner, Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila elaborated on the development of the use of media from the time where Christ preached through word of mouth to this day and age.

    According to Msgr. Clem, though media has progressed, the message of Christ’s love does not change. Christ love is expressed through the same stories of the faithful’s daily life. 

    “Ngayon marami ang kinakailangang marinig, masaksihan, maranasan ang pagmamahal ng Diyos at ang kwento ng pagmamahal ng Diyos sa kanyang bayan,” Msgr. Ignacio said.

    He also expressed his joy for the number of SOCOM ministers who attended the assembly. He considered these young people to be experts in this kind of technology and are the ones used to, to the different avenues and platforms of media.

    At the end of his message, he encouraged them to re-tell the story of Christ’s love for mankind.

    “Ikuwento ninyo ang pagmamahal ng Diyos at ang pagmamahal sa ating bayan at pamilya,” he said.

    Fr. Roy Bellen, Second Commissioner, Social Communications Ministry; Vice-President for Operations, TV Maria; and Director, Office of Communications, Archdiocese of Manila gave a brief orientation on the definition of Social Communication while conference speaker Edwin Lopez, Managing Director of Eternal World Television (EWTN) for Asia delivered his talk on the Relevance and Importance of Social media through his inspiring stories and experiences.

    Representative from the different platforms of the Social Communications Ministry such as TV Maria, Radio Veritas, CMMA, and Office of Communications gave a brief description of how their platforms work and how they can be of help to the SOCOM Ministries and their parishes.

    An open forum was held after the speakers shared their insights on Social Communications.

    The first SOCOM Assembly for 2018 was a collaborative effort of TV Maria, Radio Veritas and the Archdiocesan Office of Communications – Print and Internet. (Jheng Manlang Prado/RCAM-AOC) 

    Photo by Maricar Santos

     

  • Archdiocese of Manila observes Ash Wednesday

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo presided the Ash Wednesday Mass at the chapel of Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros on February 14, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.

    In an interview with Bishop Pabillo of the Office of Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila, he said that we receive and respond to God’s love if we repent from our sins.  

    “Dahil sa mahal tayo ng Diyos tumugon tayo sa kanyang pag-ibig, tanggapin po natin siya. Yan po ang diwa ng Kuwaresma, pagsisisi kasi tinatanggap natin ang Mabuting Balita,” Pabillo said.

    He further added that as we enter into the season of Lent this Ash Wednesday, we are called to repent for our sins and have a change of heart.

    “Tanggapin po natin ang abo tanda ng ating pagtanggap sa commitment na tayo ay magsisi at magbagong buhay,” he said.

    The Auxiliary bishop of Manila also presided the Ash Wednesday Mass at the chapel of Radio Veritas in West Avenue, Quezon City at 12 noon.

    The Lenten Season begins with Ash Wednesday to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. The priest, deacon or lay minster imposes the ash on the forehead of the faithful saying, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed in the previous Palm Sunday which have been burned.

    Aside from fasting and abstinence, the faithful are asked to do alms giving. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

    Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

     

  • Ash Wednesday Ushers in Season of Lent

    The Season of Lent begins this year with Ash Wednesday on February 14, 2018.  In the Archdiocese of Manila, Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros at 7:30 in the morning.

    In his pastoral letter for Ash Wednesday, Cardinal Tagle reflected on the Gospel of John. He said, the season of Lent “directs us in a very special way to reflect on God’s merciful and salvific love.”

    “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16)

    This season of Lent, Cardinal Tagle called on the faithful to exercise charity to express their love to their brothers and sisters especially to those who are in need. He also asked full and active support for the Fast2Feed Project of Pondo ng Pinoy’s Hapag-Asa, a program that feeds hungry and malnourished children throughout the country.

    During Ash Wednesday, the faithfuls are required to do fasting and abstinence. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60 and abstinence is from age 14.

    On this day, ashes are blessed and imposed after the homily during the Mass. These ashes came from the palms blessed in the previous Palm Sunday which have been burned. The priest, deacon or lay minister says, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”, while imposing the ashes.

    The 40-day Season of Lent begins from Ash Wednesday to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. The altars are not decorated with flowers and musical instruments maybe played.  In most Churches, a purple cloth is used to cover religious images.  (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

  • Archdiocese of Manila marks 26th World Day of the Sick

    The Archdiocese of Manila marked the 26th World Day of the Sick last Saturday, February 10, 2018 in commemoration of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11.

    A Eucharistic Celebration was presided by Msgr. Esteban Lo, LRMS of the Commission on Mission of the Archdiocese of Manila and Chaplain of the Order of Malta Philippines at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Intramuros, Manila at 9 a.m.

    Aside from the Mass, the Archdiocese of Manila marked the celebration with the anointing of the sick and a medical mission.

    With the theme from the message of Pope Francis for the 26th Anniversary of the World Day of the Sick 2018, “Behold, your son... Behold, your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” (Jn 19:26-27), Msgr. Lo said in his homily that the celebration encouraged the faithful to fulfill its mission of showing love, compassion, and care for the sick, including the aged, the disabled, and the dying.

    The celebration of the Archdiocesan Mass for the sick was in coordination with the Archdiocese of Manila-Ministry on Health Care headed by Fr. Manuel Abogado III and the Philippine Association Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

    In his message for the 26th World Day of the Sick 2018, Pope Francis entrusted to the tender love of Mary all those who are ill in body and spirit. He also asked the grace of the Blessed Mother to help the people as they serve their sick brothers and sisters.

    “We ask her also to help us to be welcoming to our sick brothers and sisters.  The Church knows that she requires a special grace to live up to her evangelical task of serving the sick.  May our prayers to the Mother of God see us united in an incessant plea that every member of the Church may live with love the vocation to serve life and health.”  (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

    Photo by Maricar Santos

  • Cardinal Tagle re-launches Fast2Feed program

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G cardinal Tagle asked the faithful’s active and full support in the re-launch of Fast2Feed program of Pondo ng Pinoy’s Hapag-Asa aimed to feed the hungry and malnourished children throughout the country through its supplemental feeding and early childhood education.

    In his pastoral letter due for release on February 14, 2018, Ash Wednesday, Cardinal Tagle said, “We are called to love God, and our love for God is best expressed by the love we have for our brothers and sisters”.

    Cardinal Tagle also pointed out the importance of charity especially during this season of Lent. Charity, according to him is the “very heart of Christian life”.

    “In this season of Lent, we are especially called upon to exercise charity in our dealings with our neighbor – that is to say, to have a genuine concern for those who are needy and who suffer, and to perform concrete good works,” he said.

    Fast2Feed campaign is the flagship program of Pondo ng Pinoy’s Hapag-Asa that aspires to combat the growing problem of hunger and malnutrition among children in the country. The program feeds hungry and malnourished children with nutritious food, six months to 12 years, once a day, five times a week for six months.

    The program also encourages the people to fast during the season of Lent and to donate the money they save to feed the children.

    Hapag-Asa was able to feed about 2 million hungry and malnourished children from Pondo ng Pinoy dioceses and other Dioceses, Non-Government Organizations (NGO), Local Government Units (LGU) and Schools since it started in 2015.

    Last year, the campaign was able to help 18,000 children from all over the country.

    Aside from their Supplemental Feeding Program, Hapag-Asa has been providing the children with early childhood education. It has also strengthened the values education, livelihood components and skills training of the children’s parents.

    According to Cardinal Tagle, “It only takes Php 1,200.00 for six months-or Php 10.00 per day to bring back a hungry and undernourished child to a healthy state.”

    In his circular to his priests in the archdiocese, Cardinal Tagle said that a Fast2Feed 2017 Fund Campaign envelopes will be distributed to parishes and schools.  He encouraged the faithful to offer the Fast2Feed envelope with their donation during the mass, or to turn it over to the parish office any day after Ash Wednesday. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

    He also requested the priests to read his pastoral letter in all masses on Ash Wednesday.

    At the end of his letter, Cardinal Tagle said that through the program of Hapag-Asa, “we are not just responding to immediate emergencies, but also contributing to the achievement of a just society.”

     

  • Pope Francis to launch “Share the Journey” campaign

    His Holiness Pope Francis will launch Caritas Internationalis’ “Share the Journey”, a worldwide campaign on migration during his General Audience at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Rome time (4:30 p.m. in Manila).

    The “Share the Journey” campaign is an invitation of the Holy Father to peoples and communities to “reach out” to migrants and refugees. It will promote opportunities and spaces for migrants and communities to come together and share stories and experiences. It also aims to strengthen the bonds between migrants and communities.

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  • Pope appoints new Apostolic Nuncio to RP

    His Holiness Pope Francis has named Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia as the new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, the Vatican announced on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12 noon (6pm, Manila time).

    Caccia, 59, succeeds Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Croatia.

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  • Pope appoints new Apostolic Nuncio to RP

    His Holiness Pope Francis has named Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia as the new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, the Vatican announced on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12 noon (6pm, Manila time).

    Caccia, 59, succeeds Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Croatia.

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  • Katolikong Pinoy Formation Series for September focuses on love and unity

    The Katolikong Pinoy Formation Series for the month of September will focus on the topic Love: Bridge of Communion, Unity: Way of Being a Community (Pag-ibig: Tulay ng Ugnayan, Pagkaka-isa: Daan ng Pamayanan). The formation will be held on September 16, 2017 at the Lay Formation Center, San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex, EDSA Guadalupe, Makati City from 8 am to 12 noon. The guest speakers will be Rev. Fr. Carlo Magno S. Marcelo, Director of the Commission on Music in Liturgy of the Archdiocese of Manila and Engr. Carlito Villaraza of the Focolare Movement. Admission is free. Katolikong Pinoy Formation Series will be aired live in Radio Veritas and Cignal cable TV channel 313. It will also be shown on TV Maria on Dream Channel 1, Sky Cable channel 201, Global Destiny Channel 96. The 2017 Katolikong Pinoy Formation Series is a year-long activity of the Lay Formation Center (LAYFORCE) program of the Archdiocese of Manila with the theme, “Year of the Parish: Pagkakaisa sa Pagkakaiba-Iba: Sandigan ng Pamayanan.” The talks are held every third Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Lay Formation Center, San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex, EDSA Guadalupe, Makati City. Admission is free.

  • “Walk for Creation” opens 5th Season of Creation

    The Archdiocese of Manila will open the Fifth Season of Creation with a “Walk for Creation” and will mark the 2nd World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation at the Burnham Green, Luneta Park on September 1, 2017 from 4 am to 8 am.

    Theme for this year’s celebration is “Caring for Our Common Home in Communion with Communities.”

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  • Ecology Ministry of the Archdiocese holds on-the-spot logo making contest

    The Ministry of Ecology/Environment and Disaster Response of the Archdiocese of Manila is inviting all the young catholic Filipinos to join the on-the-spot logo making contest on September 1, 2017 at the grounds of Plaza Roma in Intramuros, Manila from 8 am to 4pm.

    The contest which aims to promote a deepened awareness of the significance of caring for our common home is part of the series of activities in celebration of the 5th Season of Creation.

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  • Prayer is power says Bishop Pabillo

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo stressed the power of prayer during the “Online Prayer Meeting for Peace” held on July 27, 2017 at 12 noon.

    “Ang panalangin connects us not only with God but with one another.  Kaya ito pong online prayer meeting natin although iba’t iba ang ating pinanggalingan, nasa iba’t ibang kalagayan tayo ngayon po ay nagkakaisa sa Panginoon. At maniwala po tayo na prayer is powerful.”

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  • Celebrities share stage with Cardinal Tagle as witnesses of faith

    Celebrities enjoy the world of glitz and glamour but they don’t get that much opportunity to speak about their faith.

    In a segment called “Heart to Heart Talk with the Cardinal”, celebrities Dingdong Dantes, Dimples Roman, and Alden Richards shared stage with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle as they tell stories of conversion, compassion, and communion.

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  • Be salt of the earth and light of the world

    Delegates of the Fourth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization who attended the New Media workshop were encouraged to be the salt of the earth and light of the world as they take part in building a communion of one heart and soul.

    Fr. Roy Bellen, Second Commissioner of the Social Commissions Ministry and Director of the Office of Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila delivered this message to the delegates on how powerful the use of new media is.

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  • Be humble like a child, says Cardinal Tagle

    “Ang pagiging bata sa paghahari ng Diyos ay yung pag aming kailangan ko ng Diyos.”

    This was the message conveyed by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during his homily for the Misa ng Sambayang Pilipino that opened the Fourth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on Friday, July 28, 2017.

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  • PCNE4 delegates reaches 6,000

    The delegates for the three-day Fourth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization have reached more than six thousand (6,000).

    The conference will be from July 28-30, 2017 at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santos Tomas with the theme “Of One Heart and Soul.”

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  • Cardinal Tagle receives warm welcome in Caritas Jordan

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D., President of Caritas Internationalis visited Caritas in Amman, Jordan from July 14-16, 2017.

    In his visit, Cardinal Tagle received a warm reception from its director, Wael Suleiman and was also welcomed by the different members and staff of Caritas Jordan who are dedicated in serving their poor brothers and sisters.

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  • Bishop Pabillo leads “Online Prayer Meeting for Peace”

    Manila Archbishop Broderick S. Pabillo will lead the “Online Prayer Meeting for Peace” on July 27, 2017 at 12:00 noon.

    The online prayer meeting will be aired at the Facebook page of Radio Veritas https://www.facebook.com/Veritasph/).

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  • Radio Veritas holds first inter-church institution Olympics

    To promote a community that will bring its members closer to the Lord through sports, Radio Veritas, the number one faith-based AM radio in the Philippines organized the first inter-church institution Olympics.

    The high-spirited event was held at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Quezon City on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

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  • First Inter-Church Institution Olympics held in Amoranto Sports Complex

    A high spirited vibe surrounded Amoranto Sports Complex in Quezon City where the first Inter-Church Institution Olympics was held.

    The whole-day Olympics was held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 with the aim to develop unity, cooperation, sportsmanship and fellowship among members of the church institutions as well as to enhance their skills and talents in sports.

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  • Young Adult Ministry to hold fellowship on July 15

    The Young Adult Ministry (YAM) of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a fellowship titled, “Sounds and Stories: The Remix” on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish in Makati at 7:30 p.m. 

    With the aim of promoting good relationship with one another, the YAM fellowship also aspires to create a strong, united and caring community of young people whose values in life are rooted and centered in Christ.

    During the fellowship, young people are encourage to share their stories in a creative way and be able to express themselves through songs, prose and spoken poetry.

    The Young Adult Ministry is under the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth headed by Fr. Ramon Jade Licuanan as its Director.

  • Communion of Communities in Marawi Crisis

    “Siguro nakita nila, common humanity. Kapatid ito. Kung ako nagdurusa, nagdurusa rin ito. Kung ako may pangarap, may pangarap din ito. At kapag kaya nating makita yon, mas malakas yan, mas malakas yan.”

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle puts emphasis on communion of communities as he answered a question on the attempt of extremists group to use the crisis in Marawi City to heat up fight between the Muslims and Catholics during the press conference of the Fourth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE4).

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  • Cardinal Tagle invites media to join PCNE4 workshops

    Playing a significant role in the strengthening of Catholic faith, Cardinal Tagle invited the media to be delegates of Fourth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE4).

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  • Papal Nuncio to move to Croatia

    His Holiness Pope Francis has transferred Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto from his present position as Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines to the post of Apostolic Nuncio to Croatia.

    The news was published in the Vatican on Saturday evening, July 1, 2017, Manila Time.  

    Archbishop Pinto was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines on May 10, 2011.

    There is no news published yet on the appointment of new Nuncio for the Philippines.

  • Archdiocese of Manila celebrates Pope’s Day

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo led the Archdiocese of Manila in a Mass celebrating the lives and teachings of the Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul.

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  • Pope’s Day Mass in the Archdiocese on June 29

    His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D., Archbishop of Manila and Most Reverend Giuseppe Pinto, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines will lead the faithful in the celebration of Pope’s Day through a Eucharistic Celebration on Thursday, June 29, 2017, Solemnity of St. Peter and Paul at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral) at 6 pm. The Church celebrates Pope’s Day in honor of the Supreme Pontiff’s many contribution to the enrichment of Catholic faith. The Pope who is the visible head of the worldwide Catholic Church has a duty to strengthen the union of the faithful in the Church and with Christ. Pope’s day is also celebrated through confession and recitation of the Holy Rosary. In some countries, the writings about the Pope are distributed on the street while others prepare talks, forum and video presentation showcasing the spiritual leadership of the Holy Father.

  • Cardinal Tagle celebrates 60th birthday

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D. celebrated his 60th birthday on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga with a Thanksgiving Mass at the Manila Cathedral. 

    At the beginning of the Mass, Cardinal Chito as he is fondly called by his brother priests, thanked the Lord for his 60th birthday. 

    “Today, I thank the Lord for the gift of 60 years. I stand by the commitment to love God and others always by the grace of God. God is my joy in every circumstance of my life, knowing that He works all things out, always for the good of all.” 

    He also remembered in a special way the 12th death anniversary of the late Jaime Cardinal L. Sin by blessing the archbishop’s tomb at the crypt of the Manila Cathedral. 

    “Today we remember Cardinal Jaime Sin whose pilgrimage of life and ministry led to union with the Son, encountering the never ending day twelve years ago on the same day.” 

    During the Mass, Cardinal Tagle was joined by his parents Manuel Sr. and Milagros and brother Manuel Jr. 

    Also present during the Holy Eucharist were Archbishop-Emeritus of Manila Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop John Du of Palo, Leyte, Bishop-Emeritus of Caloocan Teodoro Bacani, Vicar-Emeritus of the Apostolic Vicariates of Puerto Princesa, Bishop Pedro Arigo, Bishop Rey Evangelista of Imus, and Bishop Ambo David of Caloocan. 

    The Mass was also attended by His Eminence Cardinal Wilfred Fox Napier, OFM and Bishop Jose Luis Ponce de Leon of Swaziland, both from South Africa. 

    Former President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III and his sisters Ballsy Aquino-Cruz and Viel Aquino-Dee were among the guests who attended and greeted the Cardinal. 

    Drug detainees from Sanlakbay sa Pagbabagong Buhay and beneficiaries from Tulay ng Kabataan were also present in the Mass and gave birthday cards to the Cardinal. 

    After the Holy Eucharist, Cardinal Tagle invited his family, friends, brother priests and all those who attended the Mass to a simple reception at the Arzobispado de Manila. 

    Before Cardinal Tagle went to the Manila Cathedral to celebrate Mass, he was greeted by the employees of the Archdiocese of Manila. The employees danced with the Cardinal while Karakol music was being played. 

    Earlier, the Archdiocese of Manila also held its tenth consecutive year of conducting a bloodletting activity as a birthday gift to the Archbishop of Manila.

  • Blood donation – Archdiocese of Manila’s birthday gift to Cardinal Tagle

    The activity entitled “RCAM Celebrating Life…a Birthday gift to our Archbishop” served as Archdiocese of Manila’s birthday gift to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle.

    Now on its tenth consecutive year, this Dugtong Buhay project was held on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the fourth floor of Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    In an interview with Cardinal Tagle by Radio Veritas, the Manila Archbishop thanked the Lord for the gift of life and expressed his gratefulness to all blood donors.

    “Salamat po sa mga nakibahagi sa bloodletting sa araw na ito. Idinaos ito bilang regalo sa aking kaarawan. Napakaganda na ipagdiwang ang buhay sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay-buhay sa iba. Papuri sa Dios na nagbigay-buhay. Salamat sa inyong maka-buhay na adhikain,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    A total of 52 bags were collected from the donors from the schools, parishes, and employees of the Archdiocese of Manila. A few employees from the Social Security System (SSS) Recto and San Mateo branch also donated blood.

    The bloodletting drive was organized by the Human Resource Department (HRD) of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross.

    Data from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) state that, 118-units of blood are required per hour or 2,832 blood units per day and 1-million blood units per year in the country but only 771,000-blood units were collected last year.

     

     

  • Cardinal Tagle leads funeral Mass for Bishop Tumulak

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D. led the Funeral Mass for Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak, D.D. of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines on June 22, 2017.

    The Funeral Mass was held at the St. Ignatius Cathedral at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City attended by the family and friends of bishop Tumulak, clergy, religious, officials and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the faithful.

    In his homily, Cardinal Tagle told that he had the opportunity to visit bishop Tumulak in the hospital. He also had the chance to have a short conversation with the bishop who does not lose his love, realism and simplicity.

    “Your Eminence, kung ano man ang mangyari sa akin, I have tried my best to secure the clergy, the Military Ordinariate, the medical and insurance they need. Kahit papaano may nasimulan na diyan,” Bishop Tumulak told Cardinal Tagle.

    Cardinal Tagle also shared bishop Tumulak’s request to have a photo with him together with the bishop’s family.

    “Your Eminence, can I have a favor nandito ang family ko puwede po bang magpapicture-taking. (nagkatawanan) On that note I said, wow! If this is goodbye, he did not lost his sense of humanity and his sense of humor even,” Cardinal Tagle said.

    The funeral Mass was also attended by the different archbishops and bishops from different Ecclesiastical Provinces in the country, namely: Bishops Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao; Pablo Virgilio David, Caloocan, Antonio Tobias, Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. of Caloocan; Reynaldo Evangelista of Imus; Broderick Pabillo of Manila; (Luzon) Archbishop Socrates Villegas at Bishop Elmer Mangalinao ng Lingayen-Dagupan; (Visayas) Archbishop Jose Palma at Bishop Dennis Espejo of Cebu; Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan; (Mindanao) Arcbishops Romulo Dela Cruz of Zamboanga; Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz, and Romulo Valles of Davao.

    After the Funeral Mass, the remains of Bishop Tutulak was taken to the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Pasay City. 

    Bishop Tumulak died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday, June 17 at age 72.  He is from Santander, Cebu. He was ordained priest on 1972 and became bishop on 1987. On 1992, he became bishop of the Diocese of Tagbilaran.

    He was serving as the Chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (CBCP-ECPPC) at the time of his death and former Chairman of CBCP-Episcopal Committee on the Cultural Heritage of the Church.

     

     

  • Cardinal Tagle leads celebration of Corpus Christi

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle leads the faithful in the celebration of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) on June 18, 2017 at Santa Cruz Church, Manila.

    This year, the celebration is aligned with the theme of the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities. The Pastoral Exhortation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), "Parishes as Wellspring of Mercy and Renewal" states that "Parishes and communities will be renewed by living the Eucharist whom we receive every day. The Eucharist is the poverty of Jesus disturbing the complacency of the wealthy; it is the wealthy sacrificing house, family, and fortune to lift up the poor from their poverty. It is the Word of God inviting the confused, the lonely, the bored, the suffering to the joy of the Gospel.”

    The celebration will be highlighted with the procession from Santa Cruz Parish to the Manila Cathedral at 4:00 p.m.

    The preceding activities on that day will start with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a talk on “Pamayanang Nabubuhay sa Katawan at Dugo ni Kristo, Daluyan ng Biyaya Para sa Mundo” by Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David of the Diocese of Caloocan at 2:10 p.m.

    Cardinal Tagle will preside at the Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi at 3 p.m. The Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament follows the procession to Manila Cathedral.

    Corpus Christi is a Catholic feast celebrated on the first Thursday after Trinity Sunday (60 days after Easter. It is the transformation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ during consecration in the Holy Eucharist.

  • Cardinal Tagle closes rehabilitation program for Yolanda survivors

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle closed the Catholic Church’s three-year rehabilitation program for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.

     

    Cardinal Tagle, who is also the President of Caritas Internationalis, visited the survivors of the calamity and celebrated Mass at the St. Micahel the Archangel Parish in Basey, Samar in the Diocese of Calbayog on June 1. The Holy Eucharist was attended by the survivors, bishops, members of the different Social Action Centers of different dioceses, and representatives from various organizations of Caritas Internationalis.

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  • Cardinal Tagle to lead in the formal launch of Young Adult Ministry

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will preside a Mass to formally launch the Young Adult Ministry (YAM) of the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth of the Archdiocese of Manila.  

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  • RCAM MEDR holds disaster preparedness seminar

    The Archdiocese of Manila's Ministry on Environment and Disaster Response recently conducted a two-day Parish Based Disaster Preparedness and Response seminar  at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in UN Avenue, Paco, Manila.

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  • SOCOM Ministry holds conference for World Communication Day

    The Social Communications Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila held a half day conference for members of the media ministry of parishes last May 27, 2017 8 am to 12 noon in line with the observance of the 51st World Communications Day.

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  • Archbishop Villegas calls for prayers for peace in Marawi

    “We call Catholics to pray with our Muslim Brothers and Sisters.”

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  • Archdiocese of Manila Social Communications Ministry to hold conference for World Communication Day

    In the observance of the 51st World Communication Day, the Social Communications Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a half day conference on May 27, 2017, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord at the Layforce auditorium in San Carlos Seminary Compound, EDSA Guadalupe Makati City from 8 am to 12:00 noon.

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  • “Promote a culture of life,” Urges Cardinal Tagle

    “With personal and collective study, prayer, discernment and action, we hope to be a people that promote a culture of life.”

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  • Caritas Manila opens bigger Charity Outlet at Farmers Plaza

    Caritas Manila opened a bigger Segunda Mana Outlet in Farmers Cubao in Quezon City on May 11, 2017.

     

    Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual, President of Caritas Manila led the blessing and opening of the outlet. He was assisted by Caritas Manila Board of Trustees member, Mr. Luis Vera, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City, Ambassador to the Holy See Mercy Tuazon, and Segunda Mana benefactor Nena Prieto.

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  • Cardinal Tagle leads Silver Jubilee of Our Lady of Fatima Parish

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will lead the faithful in the celebration of the Silver Jubilee of Our Lady of Fatima Parish through the Holy Eucharist on Saturday, May 13 at Sgt. Mariano, Pasay City at 6 p.m.

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  • Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Ecology holds #Mercy2Earth

    The Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Ecology along with its partner government, non-government organizations and other faith groups will hold a Multi-sectoral/Inter-faith and Ecumenical events called Mercy2Earth on April 22, 2017 at the Luneta Park.

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  • Tagle to faithful: “Jesus is risen and He is our Hope!”

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle called on the faithful to look at the Risen Christ as a sign of hope in fulfilling our mission as Catholics to spread the Good News to the World. “Once again, Easter is upon us. For Christians, the Risen Jesus provides the sure hope that justice, mercy and love are stronger than evil and death. Christians share this Good News to the whole world, even to non-Christians, especially those who are suffering and at the brink of despair,” he said in his Easter message. Tagle also reminded his flock that they should not only see Christ as a sign of hope during Easter but everyday especially now that the world is enveloped with sorrow and despair. “But the hope that the Resurrection brings does not take us away from our world and our time. On the contrary, hope opens our eyes to realities of daily life but from a changed perspective,” he said. Tagle also recounted the practice of bribery in the Gospel of St. Matthew when the accusers of Jesus paid the soldiers guarding his tomb not to tell the truth that Jesus has resurrected. “The Gospel of St. Matthew chapter 28 recounts that immediately after the Resurrection of Jesus, the soldiers guarding the tomb were given a large sum of money by Jesus’ accusers so that they could spread the news that the disciples of Jesus had stolen his body. The truth of the Resurrection of Jesus was betrayed and denied in exchange for money,” he said. According to Tagle, this kind of act continues to exist today and “leads to greed, corruption, manipulation and further despair.” He also said that “it inflicts death on others, especially on those who are already marginalized.” Also in his Easter message, Cardinal Tagle said that the tomb became an instrument for the people to proclaim the good News of the Resurrection and become “bearers of hope rather than servants of gloom and despair.” “The tomb became the space for divine illumination and for angels proclaiming the good news of the Resurrection. The tomb is not empty after all. It is now the space of God to spread light and life. It is the space where the women received a mission to tell the disciples that the victory over evil and death had been won by Jesus,” he said. “The Resurrection is about the “spaces” God offers to us to live our mission. Ordinary daily life offers many such “spaces” in our homes, alleys, barangays, schools, buses, jeepneys, markets, offices, cellphones, social media as well as in our minds, emotions, and consciences,” he added. Cardinal Tagle led the Easter vigil activities on Saturday at the Manila Cathedral at 8 pm.

  • Follow Christ’s humility, Tagle tells flock

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D. called on the faithful to follow and imitate the humility of Christ that is willing to suffer with the people that are insulted and tormented.

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  • Cardinal Tagle invites faithful to join Penitential Walk for Life

    “Let us join Jesus who walked with us humbly, justly, and lovingly. Every step we take is a commitment to the value of life that Jesus offers to all, especially the poor and neglected,”

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  • Cardinal Tagle to wash feet of ex-drug addicts and drug surrenderers on Holy Thursday

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will wash the feet of former drug addicts and drug surrenderers on April 13, Holy Thursday.

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  • Cardinal Tagle to wash feet of former drug addicts, drug surrenderers and policemen on Holy Thursday

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antoni G. Cardinal Tagle will wash the feet of former drug addicts, drug surrenderers, policemen among others on Holy Thursday, April 15 at 5 pm.

  • First Segunda Mana Alta charity store opens in Ali Mall

    Segunda Mana opened its first Alta store in Ali Mall, Cubao, Quezon City on Thursday, March 30 at 11 in the morning.

    Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila led the opening of the charity store. He was joined by Quezon City District 3 Counsilor Gian Carlo Sotto, Caritas Manila Board of Trustees member, Mr. Jose Luis Vera, Segunda Mana benefactor Nena Prieto, and Rev. Msgr. Alfonso A. Bogaoan, Jr., Parish Priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Cubao.

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  • Cardinal Tagle invites faithful to join Earth Hour 2017

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle invited the faithful to take part in this year’s Earth Hour on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening by tuning in to Radio Veritas.

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  • Tagle asks faithful not to condemn others

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle appealed to the faithful not to demean people like drug addicts that are willing to change their lives and make a brand new start.

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  • Cardinal Tagle lauds “The Messiah” musical show

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle expressed his admiration to the meaningful and significant production of the "The Messiah: A spectacular musical Jamaica Reggae of the greatest truth ever told” of the Missionaries of the Poor featuring Fr. Richard Ho Lung and friends from Jamaica.  The show was held at Star Theater, Star City, CPP Complex, Pasay City on Saturday, March 10.

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  • Cardinal Tagle appeals for prayers for mirgrants

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle appealed for prayers for migrants in the different parts of the world during Mass celebrating the 31st National Migrants’ Sunday on March 5 at San Jose Manggagawa Parish in Tondo, Manila. The celebration coincided with the first Sunday of Lent.

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  • Cardinal Tagle urged faithful to reflect, pray and act

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle once again urged the faithful to reflect, pray and act as the House of Representative is expected to pass the death penalty bill and is on its third and final reading on March 7.

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  • Tagle says Lent calls for conversion of heart

    “Ang pinakamahalaga natin siguro na kontribusyon sa bayan at sa mundo ngayon ay ang pagbabagong-loob.”

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  • Cardinal Tagle visits fire victims on his priesthood anniversary

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle spent his 35th anniversary of priesthood by visiting the fire victims in Parola Compound in Tondo, Manila on Monday, February 27.

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  • Young Adult Ministry team building

    The Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a team building on Saturday, March 4 at the San Carlos Seminary Gym in EDSA Guadalupe, Makati City from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

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  • Commission on Youth to hold Ka-Talk #61

    The Archdiocesan Commission on Youth (ACY) invites the young people to KA-TALK #61 on March 4, 2017 at the Cardinal Sin Auditorium, Paco Catholic School, Paco, Manila from   2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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  • Archdiocese of Manila helps victims of typhoon Nina

    Archdiocese of Manila through Caritas Manila immediately responded to the appeal of the different dioceses strongly affected by typhoon Nina that made a landfall on Christmas evening at Catanduanes and some parts of Bicol region.

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  • Cardinal Tagle celebrates Mass at New Bilibid Prison for the birthday of Pope Francis

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle officiated a thanksgiving Mass to celebrate the 80th birthday of His Holiness Pope Francis at the maximum security of the New Bilibid Prison in Mandaluyong City on December 17, 2016.

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  • Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach supports YSLEP program of Caritas Manila

    “Magbigayan tayo ng walang hinihinging kapalit.”

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  • Archdiocese of Manila releases Prayer Against Death Penalty

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle and the Presbyteral Council release the Prayer Against Death Penalty for the Archdiocese of Manila.

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  • Five to be ordained to priesthood on Dec. 10

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will ordain five (5) deacons to the sacred order of priesthood for the Archdiocese of Manila on December 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the Manila Cathedral, Intramuros, Manila.

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  • Archdiocese of Manila is the Best Diocesan website

    The Archdiocese of Manila won the Best Diocesan Website in the recently concluded Catholic Social Media Awards (CSMA).

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  • Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will lead the launch of the Year of the Basic Ecclesiastical Communities (BEC) in a Eucharistic Celebration on November 26, 2016 at the Aquinas School Gymnasium in San Juan City at 9 a.m. The Year of

    Archdiocese of Manila receives 1st copy of the Holy Father’s apostolic letter on mercy and peace.

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  • Archdiocese of Manila to launch Year of BEC as Communion of Communities

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will lead the launch of the Year of the Basic Ecclesiastical Communities (BEC) in a Eucharistic Celebration on November 26, 2016 at the Aquinas School Gymnasium in San Juan City at 9 a.m.

     

    The Year of the BEC is the fifth of the nine-year journey in New Evangelization as the Catholic Church in the Philippines looks forward to 2021, the 500th year of Christianity in the country.

     

    With the theme “Building and Strengthening of Participatory Communities that Make Up the Parish as Communion of Communities, the focus for the celebration of the Year of BEC is to be a church of communion, participation and mission as described in the Pastoral Exhortation of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines on “On Era of New Evangelization.”

     

    In his message, Cardinal Tagle invites the faithful to take part not only in the launching of the Year of the Parish but also during the year-long celebration.

     

    “Inaanyayahan ko po kayo, hinihimok ko po kayo na makiisa sa paglulungsad ng Taon ng Parokya bilang bukluran ng munting sambayanan. At thindi lamang sa paglulungsad kundi sa lahat ng gampanin sa buong taon.”

     

    The activities prepared by the Ministry on BEC formation and promotion headed by Fr. Benjie Ledesma of Archdiocese of Manila during the launching include the Keynote Address of Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Committee on BEC at 11:20 a.m. and the Inspirational Talk of Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila at 1:15 p.m.  A mission sending to be led by Fr. Jesus C. Prol, OP, Parish Priest of Santuario de Santo Cristo at 2:15 p.m. will conclude the whole day program.

     

    The program will be preceded by a motorcade at 7:30 a.m. from St. John the Baptist parish, Pinaglabanan, San Juan City to Aquinas School.

     

    The second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCII) defines BEC as “small communities of Christians, usually of families who gather together around the Word of God and the Eucharist. These communities are united to their pastors but are ministered to regularly by lay leaders. The members know each other by name, and share not only the Word of God and the Eucharist but also their concerns both material and spiritual. They have a strong sense of belongingness and responsibility for one another.” (PCP II 138)

    As Communion of Communities, BEC members and leaders actively participate in fulfilling their threefold missions namely: Prophetic (evangelization, catechesis, gospel sharing, denunciation of social evil); Priestly (worship, liturgy); and Kingly (charity, social action),

    In an article written by Fr. Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, Exectuive Secretary CBCP-BEC, he said that “BECs carry out their mission within the parish, starting in their own neighborhood, in the barangay or village, in nearby communities. They go to the peripheries in the parish and reach out to those who are baptized but not evangelized, those who are nominal or seasonal Catholics and those who are alienated from the Church. They engage in dialogue with Christians from other denominations and those who belong to other religions.”

    For inquires please call Fr. Benjie Ledesma, at 09175020923 or Miss Mylene Gaytano Enriquez at 09175020923.

     

  • Forgiven and Free - A Festival of Mercy

    The University on Campus of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Office for Promotions of the New Evangelization and Adamson University, will hold an Intercampus Overnight Vigil for the young people and adults entitled “Forgiven and Free – A Festival of Mercy” on November 19 to 20, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 7 a.m at the St. Therese Quadrangle, Adamson University, Manila.

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  • Archdiocese of Manila to observe “the Closing Celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee in the local churches”

    The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy will officially end on November 20, the Solemnity of the Christ the King with the closing of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

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  • TV Maria Introduces Workshop on Mobile Photography and Videography

    TV Maria, the Filipino Catholic television channel in the Philippines, conducted its first workshop on Mobile Photography and Mobile Videography for the production team of Couples for Christ on October 27, 2016 at Manila Head Office of Couples for Christ Global Mission Foundation, Inc. The workshop is part of the Training on New Media spearheaded by the New Media Team of Radio Veritas together with EWTN - Asia Pacific.

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  • Mental Health Seminar for Youth

    The Ministry on Health Care, the Order of Malta Philippines, and the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth (ACY) will hold a Mental Health Seminar for the youth on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the fourth floor of Arzobispado de Manila from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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  • Parish Youth Ministry to hold Octoberfeast in Year of Mercy

    All young people are invited to come and participate in the yearly celebration of Octoberfeast of the Parish Youth Ministry on October 29, 2016. Assembly time is at 7 a.m. at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros, Manila.

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  • Cardinal Tagle to lead Manila Archdiocese’s community-based rehabilitation program launch

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, D.D. will lead the launch of “Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong buhay” program on October 23, 2016, at the Minor Basilica of Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral) in Intramuros, Manila at 10 a.m.

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  • Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Ecology holds free forum on Laudato Si

    The Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Ecology, Our Lady of Remedies Parish in Malate, Manila and the Global Catholic Climate movement invite you to a free forum on Laudato Si, on the Care of Our Common Home and its Prophetic Message on October 22, 2016 at the Auditorium of Espiritu Santo Parochial School in Rizal Avenue, Tayuman, Manila at 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

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  • Radio Veritas recipient of Quezon City’s highest award of honor

    Radio Veritas will receive the Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal for the Most Outstanding Institution for 2016 on October 22, 2016 at Crown Plaza Galleria in Quezon City.

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  • Young Adult Ministry holds first general assembly

    The Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth of the Archdiocese of Manila will have its first general assembly on October 15, 2016 at the St. Benedict Building of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) at 1:00 p.m.

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  • Love in Abundance: A benefit Concert for Youth Scholars

    Love in Abundance: An Outpouring of Blessings is a special fund raising concert for the benefit of the scholars of Caritas Manila’s flagship educational program will be held on October 26, 2016 at the Grand Ballroom, Shangrila at the Fort Bonifacio Global City.

     

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  • Buy and Give Expo 4 opened in Glorietta

    Caritas Margin, the Social Enterprise and marketing Arm of Caritas Manila held its last run of “Buy and Give Expo4” on October 7-9, 2016 at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center Palanan Drive, Makati City.

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  • Segunda Mana re-opened at Isetann Recto

    Segunda Mana re-opened its charity outlet at Isetann Cinerama Complex in Recto, Manila last September 29, 2016.

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  • 4th Season of Creation to end on October 8

    The celebration of the 4thSeason of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila will be concluded on October 8, 2016 with a Eucharistic Celebration to be presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D. to be held at the San Isidro Parish in Pasay City at 4:30 p.m.

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  • 4th Season of Creation will end on Oct.8

    The celebration of the 4th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila comes to end on October 8, 2016 with a Mass to be presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle at the San Isidro Parish in Pasay City at 4:30 p.m.

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  • Closing of Season of Creation

    The celebration of the Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila comes to end on October 8, 2016 with a Mass to be presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle to be held at San Isidro Parish in Pasay City at 4:30 p.m.

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  • Archdiocese of Manila celebrates Marian Jubilee on the Year of Mercy

    Everybody is invited to come and join as the Archdiocese of Manila celebrates a month-long Marian Jubilee for the Year of Mercy this October 2016.  

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  • Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Manynila holds Pilgrimage in Time exhibit

    Go back in time and view the history of the Archdiocese of Manila through the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila (MANA) exhibit currently being held at the third floor of the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros.

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  • ACY to hold Youth Ministry Conference

    As part of the celebration of the Youth Month this September and the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold its Youth Ministry Conference on September 24, 2016 at the Paco Catholic School from 7 am to 5 pm.

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  • Cardinal Tagle calls parishes to commemorate EDSA People Power in the Year of the Parish

     

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle called all parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila to have a simple commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution on February 25, as the Catholic Church celebrates 201, the Year of the Parish.

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  • Serviam Community book launched

    “It is my prayer that the readers of this book – particularly those who work with and for the Church – will come to a deeper understanding of servant leadership, and pattern themselves after Jesus Christ, the perfect example of a servant leader.”

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  • 2016 MACC Painting Competition winners announced

    The Manila Archdiocesan Cultural Heritage of the Church announces the winners of the 2016 MACC Painting Competition on February 13, 2017 at the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Manynila in Intramuros, Manila at 3 p.m.

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  • Cardinal Tagle calls for “active non-violent” culture

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle called on the faithful to strengthen and promote active non-violent culture despite the series of killings in the country due to the government’s war against drug and the plan to re-implement death penalty as he joined “Walk for Life” last Saturday, February 18 at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, Manila.

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  • Cardinal Tagle urges participation in the Fast2Feed campaign for malnourished children

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle humbly asked the faithful to once again participate in the Fast2Feed program of Hapag-Asa aimed to feed hungry and malnourished children in the country’s poor urban and rural communities.

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  • Archbishop Villegas invites faithful to join Walk for Life

    Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines President Archbishop Socrates Villegas invites the faithful to come and join the Walk for Life on February 18 at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, Manila from 4:30 to 8:00 in the morning.

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  • Cardinal Tagle attends beatification of Japanese martyr in Japan

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle attended the beatification of Justo Takayama Ukon in Japan on Tuesday, February 7 as a representative of the Archdiocese of Manila.  

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  • Cardinal Tagle asks Filipinos to pray for refugees in the world

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle asked the Filipino people to pray for all the refugees in the world especially in the Middle East.

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  • CBCP stands firm against death penalty

    “The Gospel of the Lord Jesus is the Gospel of Life. It is this Gospel we must preach. It is this Gospel that we must uphold.”

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  • Arrival and Tour of the Relics of Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin

    The Relics of Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of St. Therese of the Child Jesus will visit the Archdiocese of Manila from February 5-7, 2017.

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  • Bishop Pabillo urges laity not to be silent on the culture of death

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the laity not to be mum on the increasing number of extra judicial killings in the country.

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  • Cardinal Tagle closes rehabilitation program for Yolanda survivors

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle closed the Catholic Church’s three-year rehabilitation program for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.

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  • Archdiocese of Manila to sign MOA with Fazenda

    Archdiocese of Manila, Caritas Manila and Fazenda da Esperanca will sign a memorandum of agreement that will further support SANLAKBAY, the drug rehabilitation program of the Catholic Church on January 8, 2017 at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.

     

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  • Cardinal Tagle says Peace in Syria would be a perfect Christmas

    “A dove in the winter air is a white perfection – peace in Syria would be perfection this Christmas.” 

     

    This is what Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, President of Caritas Internationalis, said in his Christmas message for the welfare and peace crisis in Syria. 

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  • WACOM4 a time for healing and hope

     

    The 4th World Apostolic on Congress on Mercy to be held in the country is a time for healing and hope said Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Diocese of Balanga, Bataan in a press conference held at Arzobispado de Manila on January 3, 2017.

     

    “We believe that this WACOM to be held in the Philippines will be a healing process for us and it will be for us an opening that there is still hope for those whom we consider the least, the lost, and the last,” said Bishop Ruperto Santos.

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  • Cardinal Tagle to baptize Tulay ng Kabataan children

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will baptize 400 beneficiaries of the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation on January 14, 2017 at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros at 9 a.m.

    Rev. Fr. Matthieu Dauchez, executive director of Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation will assist Cardinal Tagle in baptizing those children from the slum areas of Navotas, Tondo and Baseco.

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  • Cardinal Tagle Invites families, parishes to a"A Love to Last" concert

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle through his video message, invites all families and parishes to “A Love to Last” concert.

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  • Cardinal Vidal dies at 86

    Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal died on Wednesday, October 18. He was 86.

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  • Pope Francis appoints new bishop of Naval Diocese

    The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Rex C. Ramirez as the Residential Bishop of the Diocese of Naval.

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  • Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay to mark first year anniversary

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will preside at a Mass to celebrate the first year anniversary and general assembly of Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay, a holistic parish community-based rehabilitation program of the Archdiocese of Manila for drug surrenderers and recovering addicts.

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  • Fr. Romeo “Archie” Intengan, 74

    The Office of the Provincial of the Philippine Province Society of Jesus has announced the passing away of Fr. Romeo Intengan, SJ, former head of the Philippine Jesuits.

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